Governor Ed Panlilio of Pampanga has expressed his readiness to yield to Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III if the latter decides to run for president in 2010. This is according to this GMA News flash report by Mark Salazar.
Among Ed's flexible attitude puts pressure on other candidates to make similar gestures if only to show respect for the massive show of support demonstrated by Filipinos across the country to the late President Cory Aquino and the martyred former Senator Ninoy Aquino.
Now that both his parents are gone, the affection for them understandably shifts to Noynoy Aquino who, all his life, has shown he's more than willing to stand beneath the shadow of his more illustrious parents. Now, Noynoy has no choice but to make a decision whether he will run or not for higher office — perhaps, more importantly, whether he will keep it simple and run for vice president or go for broke and gun for the presidential post.
Noynoy has not had an easy life and I don't recall hearing him complain. I saw him in person campaigning tirelessly for his father Ninoy in 1978 near our place and at the Monumento Rotunda and by that time, he's had to endure a fatherless life since 1972. Now we'll see just how tough he really is when the spotlight is trained fully on him, and him alone.
Governor Panlilio's announcement might just give Noynoy the nudge that he needs to boldly go ahead and for the other presidentiables, the nudge they need to graciously step aside.