Compared to Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, Governor Panlilio seems to be facing a wall of guns, goons, and gold -- all coming from gambling.
You see, Governors Panlilio and Padaca have similar histories. They were elected on a wave of change, of hope, just like the path US President-elect Barack Obama took to Washington DC.
photo grabbed from pcij.org
Currently, Governor Panlilio faces a stubborn group of truckers. Just yesterday, they backed out of talks with the governor on resolving issues about an anti-overloading ordinance.
I'm not really in a position to explain what that ordinance means, but if it's an anti-overloading ordinance, then it's about preventing overloading, right?
However, these truckers, who previously had stormed the Pampanga governor's office (as provincial policemen huddled in their desks), do not like the idea that they cannot bring as much sand and gravel out of the province's quarries.
Talk about leveling mountains, literally.
photo by dan zen
Perhaps it's a conspiracy. One can never know how fast money can change men's souls. Remember who Among Ed came up against during the elections? The gambling kingpins, the damned idiots, and their patron, the thief-liars. Perhaps these three families have gotten their act together to pull down the second priest to be elected as a public official.
Good thing Governor Padaca has only one family to beat in Isabela. But Among Ed? He faces three families of despots.