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Gilbert Teodoro: The Conspiracy Theory
Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo "Gilbert"/"Gibô" Cojuangco Teodoro Jr. was born June 14, 1964 and is the present secretary of the Department of National Defense of the Philippines. He was a member of the House of Representatives representing the 1st district of the province of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007. "Gibo" is the presidential candidate of the Lakas-CMD party and the bet of the administration.
He is the son of former Social Security Systems (SSS) administrator Gilbert Teodoro, Sr. and former congresswoman Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro. "Gibo" is also the nephew of Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr., chairman of San Miguel Corporation (SMC).
Secretary Teodoro, who 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, is also a licensed commercial pilot and a Colonel in the Philippine Air Force Reserve.
The Kiss of Death
Aside from President Gloria Arroyo, three other popular personalities -
former President Joseph Estrada, Filipino boxing champ Emmanuel "Manny"
Pacquiao, and TV host Willie Revillame - also carry the
proverbial "Kiss of Death."
This was one of the findings of a new survey conducted in late October by pollster Pulse Asia.
"Small to sizable majorities (58 percent to 79 percent) are surely/probably not supporting a presidential bet endorsed by the said personalities," Pulse Asia said in its Website.
President Gloria Arroyo has announced that she will run for Congress in next year's elections. She said she wanted to continue to work in public service and represent her home province of Pampanga.
With regards to Cha-Cha, the current members of the House of Representatives were almost evenly split when it came to the question on federalism. Fifty-six voted in favor of a federal form of government, while 54 were not in favor.
A majority however, said they want a shift to a parliamentary form of government, with 89 voting in favor of it and 29 saying no. Constitutional Assembly was the most favored mode of amending the Constitution, with 62 saying in favor of it.
So how does this seemingly incongruent topics patch up?
Connecting the Dots
If Gilbert Teodoro is proclaimed as the 15th President of the Philippines and he sticks with Cha-Cha, then the ultimate winner here is no doubt the power-hungry Gloria Arroyo.
In a parliamentary system, the prime minister is chosen amongst the members of the parliament (House of Representatives + the Senate) and if Mrs. Arroyo wins as congresswoman which obviously will be a landslide victory, she will have again another chance for supreme, undaunted power.
"So if we want Mrs. Gloria Arroyo another chance to embezzle our hard-earned pesos, then we should blindly vote for Mr. Gilbert Teodoro."
"Yes, the country needs another intelligent and corrupt leader!!!"