Among Ed Panlilio has captured the imagination of the people and his legions of supporters are now growing so exponentially from Filipinos the world over. A glimmer of hope in a nation so desperate and corrupted may usher in a new beginning towards a better Philippines. A quote from the Inquirer article on Victor Barrios, convenor and chairman of the GFN and the visit:
At least 20 leaders of Global Filipino Nation (GFN) who came to the provincial capitol on Saturday said they were planning to "review, refine and adopt the 'Panlilio model' wherein a new credible leader has been put in office based on the people's support and resources" at an international conference to be held in Manila starting May 8.
The gathering also hopes to "identify and mobilize new potential political leaders committed to effective governance," said Victor Barrios, GFN convenor and chair.
"Among (Father) Ed's saga sends a message of good governance and the possibilities for changes. We want this replicated all over the country. It's like St. Paul spreading the Gospel," Barrios told the Inquirer.
The GFN leaders, department heads at the capitol and civil society leaders in Pampanga held a three-hour meeting with Panlilio Saturday to identify areas they could collaborate on in implementing economic, social and political programs.
"[Panlilio's] good governance runs on the same road as that we're trying to tread. We are linking up because we know he's besieged by elements who resist change because of their special interests," Barrios said.
In the same article sums up the direction of Good Governance under the leadership of Ed Panlilio:
Guillermo Luz, executive vice president of Ayala Foundation, said the foundation "felt that Among Ed is worthy of support of the people from Pampanga and outside Pampanga."
"[This] is not just about Pampanga but the whole country," Luz said. "We need solid ethical leaders in government."
Below is a statement from GFN:
GLOBAL FILIPINO NATION SUPPORTS GOV. ED PANLILIO'S MINISTRY OF POLITICS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
There is a convergence of the goal and strategic directions of the Global Filipino Nation and those of Gov. Ed Panlilio of Pampanga.
The goal of the Global Filipino Nation is effective governance in the Homeland.
Gov. Ed Panlilio has demonstrated that the pursuit of politics could be a clean process, a Ministry of Politics and Good Governance, without the support of special interests and vote buying.
Victory involved the voluntary and offered use of the personal resources of the people, and formally accounting for all political contributions – reversing the opaque practice in Philippine politics.
The centerpiece of Gov. Ed Panlilio candidacy and tenure is effective governance, anchored on good leadership and good governance: inter alia, leadership by example, earned trust, credibility, a vision and rational program for constituents, performance, responsible citizenship, and modest and moral lifestyle.
Within his first 100 days, among others, Gov. Ed Panlilio:
- Introduced transparency, accountability, integrity and performance in public office;
- Rationalized the evaluation and funding for projects at the provincial and town level;
- Initiated steps to streamline and tighten operations of local government units;
- Raised by a significant multiple the level of quarry income; and
- Attained notable strides in activities relating to health care, education, agriculture and aquaculture, livelihood, and others.
Gov. Ed Panlilio has kindled a light of hope that public service can be honorable and meaningful to the lives of the citizenry.
There are elements that are bent on preventing Gov. Ed Panlilio from continuing to pursue his good governance goal – but they shall not prevail over the will of the people.
The Local Government Code grants a Provincial Governor supervision power over mayors, defines the grounds for disciplinary action that could be brought before the Ombudsman or the Sangunniang Panlalawigan, and empowers the Governor to impose preventive suspension.
The Global Filipino Nation strongly supports Gov. Ed Panlilio's leadership and program of government.
The worldwide community of Filipinos – at home and abroad – will take all steps necessary to prevent special interests and traditional politics from destroying Gov. Ed Panlilio's Ministry of Politics and Good Governance.
The people have spoken. Let their word be enshrined forever.
GLOBAL FILIPINO NATION
(A multi-sectoral association committed to effective governance in the Homeland, composed of overseas Filipino organizations and leaders, their onshore families and onshore Filipinos, located in the Philippines and countries with Filipinos.)