Last week, an initiative to recall Gov. Eddie Panlilio of Pampanga was
started by people closely affiliated with Lilia Pineda, the gubernatorial
candidate that Gov. Panlilio defeated and wife of alleged jueteng lord Bong
Pineda. Their main aim is to be able to gather at least 100,000 signatures
from registered voters in Pampanga so that they can remove Gov. Panlilio
from his position through a recall election before 2010. If you will recall,
just last month, Gov. Panlilio courageously filed plunder charges against
Bong Pineda for his alleged involvement in jueteng operations and payoffs in
Pampanga. If they succeed in doing this, we can expect that Pampanga will
once again go back to the dark ages of patronage politics that has led to
the propagation of graft and corruption and illegal gambling activities.
More importantly, this will be a huge step backward for our country as a
whole since all of us were witnesses to how people power prevailed over
traditional politicians in Pampanga during the last May 2007 elections.
*We cannot just sit back, relax and allow a good and upright Filipino leader
to fail. We cannot allow evil to ultimately prevail.* We cannot allow Gov.
Eddie Panlilio to be recalled. We cannot allow politicians with vested
interests to once again rule in Pampanga. Gov. Panlilio needs us now!
Support Gov. Panlilio and Good Governance in Pampanga by signing up at: *
*Please forward this email to all your friends who believe in fighting for
Good Governance in our country and who want to join us in supporting
well-meaning Filipino Leaders!*
Below is the formal statement of Kaya Natin! on the Recall Movement of Gov.
Panlilio. If you would like to join Kaya Natin! Please feel free to get in
touch with us at (02) 426-5657 or you can send an email to us at
Thank you very much.
*Harvey S. Keh*
*Kaya Natin! Statement on the Recall Movement of Gov. Eddie Panlilio
We, the founding members of Kaya Natin! A Movement for Genuine Change and
Ethical Leadership strongly oppose the move to recall Governor Eddie
Panlilio of Pampanga. We believe that this attempt to recall him is
politically motivated and would only serve to benefit the vested interests
of a few politicians in Pampanga.
While we are aware that there are escalating problems in Pampanga such as
the continuing conflict between Gov. Panlilio and the Provincial Board, the
unresolved issue on the striking BALAS Quarry Workers and the calls for the
resignation of the current Provincial Administrator, among others, we
believe that a genuine effort to resolve them will be more beneficial to the
Kapampangans than a political exercise the will further polarize and divide
the community. We also recognize that there are members of the civil
society, church groups, business organizations and supporters of Gov.
Panlilio that have expressed disappointment with his performance during the
past year. Thus, while we continue to support Gov. Panlilio's crusade to
promote good governance in his province, we also believe that he should
listen to the voices of these groups and work at immediately addressing and
resolving these growing concerns in order for him to become a more effective
As current local government leaders, we believe that all these issues arise
as a result of the changes and reforms being implemented in the province.
Reforms do not come easy. It requires continuing engagements between the
provincial leadership and the other stakeholders in the locality. We do
believe that given time, Governor Panlilio's initiatives will ultimately
result to better delivery of basic services to his constituents.
In light of all these, we urge the people of Pampanga not to support the
recall initiative. We ask the Kapampangans to give Governor Panlilio a
chance to fully serve his term and continue the reforms that he has begun.
Moreover, we ask all Kapampangans to be patient with Governor Panlilio
because we believe that despite the current situation, he is at the moment
still the best person who can govern the province in an effective and
ethical manner. Should there be a need, the members of Kaya Natin are
willing to help organize and/or facilitate a dialogue between Governor
Panlilio and disgruntled members of the civil society, business groups,
people's organizations and his former supporters in Pampanga.
Finally, we sincerely hope that this movement to recall Gov. Panlilio will
be put to rest at the soonest possible time so that we can unite towards
working for a better Pampanga and ultimately, a better Philippines.
*(Sgd.) HON. GRACE PADACA
*(Sgd.) HON. JESSIE ROBREDO
Mayor of Naga City
*(Sgd.) HON. TEDDY BAGUILAT, JR.
(Sgd.) HON. SONIA LORENZO*
San Isidro, Nueva Ecija