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P 500,000.00 buyout: Who can resist?

Posted by exodians on March 2, 2009

“To live in the midst of the world. Without desiring its pleasure…”

The Czarina and the Priest

By Perry Diaz

A battle royal is looming in the land of Cong Dadong Macapagal between his daughter, President — and anti-drug “Czarina” — Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Gov. Fr. Ed Panlilio of Pampanga. With all the government and political resources at her disposal, the Czarina has come down furiously at the priest-turned-governor through a series of Machiavellian strategies. But the priest is fighting back like David did to the mighty Goliath.

It all started when Panlilio and other governors were invited to a breakfast meeting at the Malacanang Palace in October 2007. During the meeting, a presidential aide handed brown envelopes to the guests without any explanation. The brown envelope that Panlilio received contained P500,000. After a few days — not knowing what the money was for — Panlilio went public and disclosed the money which he believed was a bribe.

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