It’s final. Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro is heading the administration’s Lakas-Kampi roster of candidates to vie for public positions in the 2010 national elections.
Teodoro was picked by his partymates during a closed-door meeting held on September 16, 2009 in Mandaluyong City. He garnered 42 votes, which is 37 votes higher than MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando who received 5 votes. Fernado is his only rival who shares the same ambition to run as the party’s standard bearer. With a ratio of roughly 8:1, it’s a quite big difference. Fernando should have made use of his pogi points which won him the grand title in a popular celebrity singing competition on TV. Or maybe it just won’t work this time.
Doubts arise immediately after Lakas-Kampi Secretary General Gabriel Claudio formally proclaimed Teodoro as the party’s standard bearer the other day. Being questioned by critics is his winnabilty in the presidential race considering his poor standing in the recent SWS and Pulse Asia surveys. But Malacañang is confident enough that with Teodoro, they will be able to put up a good fight against the “popular” presidentiables of the various political parties of the opposition.
Gibo Teodoro may not be in the league of Fernando, Roxas, Villar or his cousin Noynoy in terms of media visibility, but you can never question his credibility to lead the country. You might ask why and how so I listed down 10 reasons.
- He currently holds the position as the National Defense Secretary, the youngest to hold such post to date.
- He was Congressman of the First District of Tarlac for 9 years (3 terms)
- He holds distinct memberships in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, UP Alumni Association, UP Law Alumni Association, Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Law Alumni Association
- He is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve of the Philippines
- He became a public servant at a very young age when he was elected Sangguniang Kabataan President for Central Luzon in 1985 at the age of 21.
- He was awarded Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence after he finished his Law Studies at the University of the Philippines
- He topped the Philippine Bar exams in 1989
- He completed his Master of Laws at the Harvard Law School in 1997
- He was admitted to the State bar of New York in 1997 and
- HE APPEARED IN TAYONG DALAWA, A SOAP OPERA OF THE KAPAMILYA NETWORK FOR A CAMEO ROLE AS HIMSELF.