MANILA, Philippines - A priest seeking a new term as governor of Pampanga has denied having a romantic relationship with the province's former provincial administrator.
Fr. Ed Panlilio said there is no truth to rumors that lawyer Vivian Dabu, who served under him, is his girlfriend.
"Hindi, kaibigan," he said.
Panlilio is running against rival and incumbent Governor Lilia Pineda while Dabu is seeking to represent Pampanga's 2nd district in Congress in the May elections.
Both are running under the ruling Liberal Party ticket.
Panlilio also denied fathering a lovechild. "Eh 'di i-prove nila kung meron. Sabi ko all along na wala."
He downplayed allegations that he was not in good terms with Pampanga's mayors while he was in power.
"Hindi lahat. 'Yung de-prinsipyong mayor kasama namin. 'Yung hindi natin kasama 'yung walang prinsipyo noon," he said.