4 September 2009
This morning, Pampanga Governor and prospective presidential candidate for 2010, Among Ed Panlilio, formally announced his withdrawal from the race to give way to the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino.
"Nagpasiya kaming hindi tumuloy sa aming planong pagtakbo sa pagkapangulo sa nalalapit na halalan. Ibinibigay namin ang aming buong suporta at pagtitiwala kay Senador Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III bilang kandidato sa pagkapangulo ng ating bansa." This was the straightforward announcement coming from Governor Panlilio. "Kami po ay umaapela na rin sa mga ibang grupo at kandidatong nagtataguyod ng reform agenda na makiisa na rin sa aming panawagan. Matatalo lamang natin ang mga kandidatong hindi karapat-dapat kung tayo lahat ay magkaisa," added Panlilio. Governor Grace Padaca of Isabela was not present during the press conference but Panlilio made clear that his announcement had the support of the Isabela governor.
Panlilio had earlier expressed his readiness to give way to Noynoy several days before erstwhile presidentiable Senator Mar Roxas made his jolting announcement to withdraw from the 2010 race to support Noynoy.
This report from Tina Panganiban-Perez courtesy of GMANews.tv: