Panlilio eyes youth vote for 'reform' candidates

By Rommel C. Lontayao, Reporter
Manila Times
July 13, 2009

Gov. Ed Panlilio of Pampanga said “reform” candidates like him are counting on the youth to choose non-traditional politicians when they vote in next year’s elections.

“I hope they will choose someone who can bring good governance, and responsible and ethical leadership in the national government,” Panlilio told a roundtable with editors and reporters of The Manila Times on Saturday.

The priest-turned-provincial-governor had expressed his intention to run for either the presidency or the vice presidency with Gov. Grace Padaca of Isabela as his running mate in the 2010 polls.

Panlilio and Padaca are members of social and political reform movements that champion ethical governance.

Fellow “reformist” Gov. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao said that changes in the government could be realized through a new generation of voters.

“The youth sector is a big sector. Their decision on whom to vote for can dictate the results of the elections,” Baguilat added.

“That is why we are calling on these young people to go out, register and vote for people who can effect changes in our government,” he said.

Panlilio said that they are going around schools to speak about ethical governance to the youth.

“We already went to several schools,” he added, mentioning some colleges and universities in Metro Manila. “We realized that the clamor for good governance and ethical leadership is now very strong.”

On July 18, Panlilio and Padaca will launch Kilos Na, a political movement that will support non-traditional politicians.

Panlilio disclosed that they will discuss their political plans this early and will come up with a decision by late August on who will be their candidate for president in the 2010 elections.

“We still have to look at the surveys to see who has a fighting chance to win. We also have to consider the resources, machinery and who has the greater determination to go all the way up to 2010,” Baguilat said.

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