Hizon, EdPam lash at Gov

    QUEZON CITY – Coming to the aid of  cabalen President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a prominent Pampanga businesswoman and a cabinet secretary lashed at Gov. Eddie Panlilio for “issuing irresponsible statements to gain media and political mileage at the expense of the President.”

    At a press conference here yesterday, Lolita Hizon of the Pampanga’s Best foods scored Panlilio for “just talking about good governance and not manifesting it.” She was one of the top campaign contributors of Panlilio in the 2007 gubernatorial elections.

    Accompanied by her husband Jun and son Carlo, Hizon said she had “laughed off” the plan of Panlilio to run for president in 2010. She also said the governor “seemed to be acting crazy” when he vowed to prosecute Arroyo for alleged plunder when he becomes president.

    Hizon also showed to mediamen an oversized replica of a P1-million bank check she had donated to the campaign of Panlilio but had not been accounted for in the list of contributions the governor’s camp submitted to the Commission on Elections. Perjury charges had been filed against Panlilio before the Comelec.  

    Asked to comment on who could be a good choice for governor come 2010, Hizon said Vice Gov. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao “is one of them as he had proven himself in governance.”

    Contrasting images

    In a statement sent to Punto!, Subic Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) Chairman Edgardo Pamintuan said “what we see here are contrasting image of two leaders whose only common denominator is that they are both Kapampangan.”

    The former Angeles City mayor furthered that “while the president is working very hard to improve the lives of our countrymen, Panlilio is making life more miserable for the province.”                      

    “While the president is looking at what she can still do within the last year of her administration, Panlilio is already looking beyond this administration,” said Pamintuan. 

    Canbaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, who attended the press conference, said Panlilio “had failed his people and now he wants to run for the highest post in the land.”

    He added that the so-called Third Force led by Hizon had left the governor’s camp showing he had no “leadership at all.”

    “What we have is a divided Pampanga under Panlilio,” he said.

    Pelayo challenged Panlilio to file charges against Arroyo “if he has anything substantial other than text messages and hearsays to back up his accusations.”

    “And while at it, he should file charges against all Pampanga mayors too as he also called us corrupt,” Pelayo dared.


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