Fr. Ed Panlilio is making waves in Pampanga because of his campaign against jueteng and mulcting quarry income. However, if he were to be elected to the House, he would have to leave the priesthood (there is an unclear story that says he has already been suspended from his priestly duties, but whether it’s a kind of leave of absence, or an ecclesiastical penalty, is what’s unclear):
“Canon 285, Sec. 3: Clerics are forbidden to assume public offices which entail a participation in the exercise of civil power.
Robby Tantingco‘s argued no one, not even the Pope, could stop Fr. Panlilio. Not so. See above. And Fr. Robert Drinan was elected to the US Congress five times and served there, until Pope John Paul II ordered him to leave office or leave the priesthood. In 1983, the Code of Canon Law (last revised in 1917) was promulgated by John Paul II and it contains the prohibition on political office above.
That is, of course, from the point of view of Church law. From the point of view of secular law, our laws are silent on the matter.