From: Movement for Gov. Ed Panlilio <wesupportgovpanlili firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Can we help Among Ed?
Date: Friday, October 10, 2008, 11:47 AM
I met with Gov. Ed Panlilio of Pampanga last night in, Pampanga to talk to him about his current situation there. He told me that his situation in Pampanga is very delicate right now for several reasons:
a.) His Provincial Board has not approved his Operational and Supplemental Budget thus, he is unable to deliver some of the basic services needed by his province such as the scholarships for indigent students. Worse, he now has to commute to go to the Provincial Capitol because he has to save the little money that he has so instead of using the official vehicles, he just commutes which makes him very vulnerable to attempts of other people against him. In fact, he has also reduced the number of his bodyguards because of the meager budget that they have.
b.) He is losing several members of his staff due to the fact that the Provincial Board led by the Vice-Governor has downgraded the salary level of most of his staff in the capitol to salary grade 1 which will only pay the person P 5,500.00 per month! Thus, many of his good staff members especially those who have families have started to encounter some financial problems thereby forced to resign to be able to look for employment that is more financially rewarding.
c.) All the mayors are currently against him and working for his recall due to the fact that he has not allowed majority of them to take part in the quarry collections of the province. In the past administration, the mayors were given by the governor their share of the quarry collections which they in turn use for their own personal interests.
Right now, Among Ed is really having a difficult time in Pampanga and he needs our help. The reason why I think we need to help him in any way we can is because, Among Ed represents not only Pampanga but more importantly the Hope that Filipinos can have an honest and ethical leader that will put the interests of the greater majority above the self-interests of a few. If we do not support a good man like Among Ed, what incentive will Good and Well-meaning people have to run for public office? We cannot allow a good man to fail because all of us just choose to do nothing while evil people try to put him down.
Here are the things that Among Ed needs:
a.) Gasoline Contributions so that he no longer needs to commute from his residence to the Provincial Capitol. This will most likely be around P 2,500.00 per week.
b.) Sponsoring of Staff members for Among Ed so he can hire good people for his government that will help him deliver better services to the people. This will be around P 10,000.00 per month per person for at least a year. We are looking at hiring around 10 people to support him.
c.) Education Scholarships for financially- disadvantaged students in Pampanga. This will be around P 10,000.00 per year. We need to raise 1,000 scholarships.
d.) Sponsor for the printing of Among Ed’s accomplishments so that the people of Pampanga may know what programs and projects he has already implemented and to counter the smear campaign being done against him. We will need to look for a printing company that can sponsor this.
e.) Volunteers that can help him develop a Public Relations Campaign to highlight his achievements in office.
So far, these are the immediate needs of Among Ed. While I agree that Among Ed has his flaws as a leader and there have been comments thrown at his current Provincial Administrator, I think the whole issue here is we need to work together to promote Good Governance and Ethical Leadership in our country. Among Ed has shown all Filipinos that there is still Hope in our political arena but his enemies are continually trying their best to kill that Hope by putting him and what he represents down. I hope that in our own small way we can all chip in to help Among Ed and work together for a better country.
Sorry for taking up much of your time. If you would like to respond to this call to support Among Ed, please send me an email at harveykeh@gmail. com .
I hope you can help by forwarding this email to some of your friends and colleagues who continue to believe in Good Governance in our country.
Thank you and may you have a good day! :)
Harvey S. Keh