Gov chooses politics over priesthood

Panlilio: It is God calling I run for president.

MANILA, Philippines—Priest-turned-Governor Eddie Panlilio of Pampanga on Tuesday announced that he had decided to run for president in 2010.

“I have every intention to file my candidacy on or before [the deadline of] Nov. 30. I’m ready for all the consequences, including dispensation from priesthood,” Panlilio declared at the weekly forum arranged by the Catholic Media Network in Intramuros, Manila.

“Until today many people were not sure [whether] I will run. They only learned today; we are only announcing our decision today,” he said.

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