First off shouldn’t he be wearing a bullet proof vestment?
The priest – Father Ed Panlilio – said that he will temporarily leave the priesthood but he will remain a man of God.
Panlilio said he already filed a leave of absence before a local archbishop and he is waiting for a reply.
Panlilio has been part of the clergy for 26 years and headed the Pampanga Social Action Center for the past 20 years.
He was also the founder of a non-government organization and became part of the rescue operations during the eruption of Mt Pinatubo in June 1991.
The priest will be facing Incumbent Governor Mark Lapid and Board Member Lilia Pineda, both of whom have announced their respective plans to run for governor.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines did not express immediately opposition to the possibility of Panlilio becoming a politician.
"Yung kanyang pagkapari will remain. Kaya lang yung kanyang function as a priest ang (mawawala)," Bishop Pedro Quitorio, CBCP spokesman said.
Something is pretty odd here since normally you can expect the Philippines Bishop’s conference not to ignore Canon law in a situation like this. You are a priest forever, unless you take a temporary leave of absence to run for governor.
It certainly does seem that his own bishop is supporting him in his run.
“I don’t have any doubt about his fidelity to his vocation,” the 70-year-old bishop told the Inquirer.
And then there was this scary sentence in an opinion piece in the Manila Times.
You know very well our image of priestly heroes. They are imposing, they are larger than life, they are Che Guevaras in flowing robes.
Not exactly a sentence I would ever construct. Though I doubt very much that Fr. Panlilio fulfills this image. A Che Guevaras in flowing robes would just have more places to hide machine guns.