Byline: Dona Z. Pazzibugan and Tonette Orejas
WITHOUT RAISING ANY OBJECTION to the idea, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said yesterday that a Catholic priest like Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio running for president in 2010 would have its good side and bad side.
Rosales said the issue was not a religious one, but a question of character and qualification.
The issue here is, Is this a person of integrity? Is this a person who wont cheat, wont steal, wont lie? Is this person compassionate? That will be the issue, the cardinal said on the Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas.
A movement has been launched to field Panlilio as a presidential candidate, with Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca as his running mate.
Over the weekend, Panlilio told the Inquirer that he was open to the possibility of seeking the presidency.