Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Closing

—The closing article for the series “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections” with all the bias and questions the writer’s mind can have and find.—

How much time do we have left to get a final decision? Not much. We have just about three months left before the time to choose will come.

May 10, 2010 is so near and a very good evidence would be the posters and banners already very numerous in the streets of the Philippines.

I know the title says “Closing” and I have just made eight profiles for eight people.

I’ve got reasons.

One. I started this series, “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections“, before the ComElec decided to clear Nicanor Perlas and Vetallano Acosta of being nuisance candidates.

Two. The ComElec had a reason to tag them “nuisance” candidates. I may never know what that particular reason is but, given the fact that they decided to do so, it tells me that there is something with these two people that caused them to be tagged so.

Three. Visibility. This issue is more on Acosta. When the official campaign period started, he didn’t even start campaigning. And given his status, if he is, at any rate, serious about his candidacy, he would’ve been able to tell that he has no time to rest. And, therefore, would’ve already started campaigning. As with Perlas, yes, he went about and started campaigning so he is free of this question.

Fourth. Integrity. Still on Acosta. He can’t be found on his given address, as the news has told, and his own political party is not even certain if he is worth supporting.

I believe, I have given enough reasons.

Moving on.

Now, the talk would be on the eight remaining candidates whose profiles have been shown in the past eight posts.

How believable can these people make themselves be and win the votes of people?

What are these people willing to give or say just to win the votes of the people?

Noynoy Aquino has already stated that Hacienda Luisita will move to the favor of the farmers whether he wins this race or not.

How possible is this? Did he already secure a permission from the other shareholders of the said hacienda for him to be able to state such very strong words?

And, how ironic is it that it is his mother, the late former President Cory Aquino, who brought CARP to life and the program is an utter failure in their lands?

JC de los Reyes is currently a councilor of the city of Olongapo. If you think of it, this is quite a giant leap. From councilor to president. Does he really have all he needs to back up this move?

Erap Estrada was once elected president of the Republic of the Philippines but holds the record for being the very first president of the Philippines to be ousted from power. Seems to me like he wants to make another record for himself: the very first president of the  Republic of the Philippines to be elected twice.

Erap’s candidacy has been questioned from the time he filed his candidacy. The issues range from his qualification given the mandates of the Philippine Constitution and from his qualification as a person.

Erap’s standing in the surveys, as reported in the news, is not too bad compared to the other people behind him. He always stands third.

I, myself, am amazed of this fact and am wondering how some people, apparently, are still able to believe in him. What are the odds the Filipino will give power to a person who have been stripped of power by the Filipino?

No matter how unbelievable this might sound, in all of the eight profiles I have research about, I can see that it is Dick Gordon who has done the most. But are those gonna be enough to make people believe that he is the person who can lead this country?

Needless to say, it is also very clear that he does not have as much support as the leading candidates have.

The Transformers. Him and Bayani Fernando. Or so they claim to be. Does the name sound hopeful or sounds utterly childish?

Jamby Madrigal, as I have stated in her profile page in this blog, contradicts herself in a very bad way.

What did she really mean to say with her goal for not bringing even a running mate with her is to be able to have like-minded people governing the country?

Yes, to me, it sounds utterly stupid – just as I said in the profile page. OK, maybe it is not the same words but that is what I was implying. Unless, of course, in one way or another, she is gonna be able to make her point straight.

And as she have been caught on cam touring, she can make it sound like it is only Manny Villar who is her rival in this race.

Gibo Teodoro, in my book, is also another questionable candidate. Not he himself but the decision of the administration to bet on a previously almost invisible person to be the next president of our country.

I mean, the senatorial slate of the administration party has people who have been very much visible compared to Gibo Teodoro. How is it that they chose him?

Also, I have read that Gibo Teodoro is just some sort of decoy and the current President of the Philippines, PGMA, actually, has her eyes on Manny Villar as the next president of the Philippines. How true can such an issue be?

And how about a religious leader as the next president of this country? Any takers?

Yes, Eddie Villanueva still believes he can win this race despite the fact that he hardly got votes in the previous presidential elections. Though, it is true, that we can’t erase the fact that the results of the previous elections are very controversial.

And Manny Villar. The one person in all of the 10 candidates who insists in being the one who is the real and true person of the rags. And the one person with, obviously, the most advertisements in the airwaves these days.

The election period has not even ended, or better, has just started, and he has already been accused of planning to get back on his expenses by using the people’s money once elected.

However, he answered confidently that he is not going to do so because all his expenses wouldn’t matter because everything he is doing is for the realization of a dream – a dream to remove Juan dela Cruz from poverty.

Which is more believable?

The Philippines, unfortunately, ranks among the top most corrupt countries in the world which is not a good thing whichever angle you try to view it from.

That’s just some of the questions this mind can find.

But there are more important questions at hand….

How are we to make a wise decision at a time like this? At a time when politics have almost become one with show business.

Or, does our individual voices still matter given the existence of “vote buying” here in the Philippines? Or, once our vote has been bought, can we still find the courage to give our vote to the one we chose, instead of giving the vote to the buyer?

Crackers are everywhere as the recent website infiltrations show. Will our voices still matter given the fact that the people who have the power can just gather a team of crackers and change the results of the elections in their favor?

Or, do we really even have a voice?

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Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Gibo Teodoro

Full Name: Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo Cojuangco Teodoro Jr.
Born: June 14, 1964
Parents: former Social Security System administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Sr. and former Batasang Pambansa member Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Secretary of National Defense

Political Party: LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD
Running Mate: Edu Manzano
Senators:

  • Lito Lapid
  • Silvestre Bello III
  • Ramon Guico
  • Rey Langit
  • Bong Revilla
  • Raul Lambino
  • Miriam Defensor Santiago

Brief History

Teodoro completed his grade school and high school education at Xavier School.

Teodoro attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1984. In 1989, he completed his law studies at the University of the Philippines, where he was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. In the same year, he topped the Philippine Bar exams.

For seven years, he honed his skills as a lawyer in the EP Mendoza Law firm. He went to the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for his Master of Laws and completed it in 1997. He was also admitted to the State Bar of New York during the same year.

Life in Politics

From 1998 to 2007 he was a House Representative for the First District of Tarlac province. He assumed the position of Assistant Majority Leader in the 11th Congress and head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition House members. He was also a member of the House contingent to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.

Following his three terms in office—the maximum number allowed by the constitution—he was succeeded by his wife, Monica Prieto-Teodoro.

Teodoro was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense in August 2007 at the age of 43, the youngest person to ever hold the position.

On November 20, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that she had resigned her post as president of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and handed over the presidency to Teodoro.

Politics

Galing, Talino, para sa mabilis na pag-ahon

Platform

Gibo is committed to the Filipino in every region of the country, and we’re getting started with a vision that leaves no one behind.

  • Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Baguio City make up the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Ninety-two percent of population is composed of diverse indigenous groups; hence, cultural awareness must be given importance. The idea is to promote CAR’s rich cultural heritage, not exploit it. This can be achieved by proper cultural re-education among the people through different programs promoting social consciousness and diversity appreciation.Regional independence is also in the agenda. Strategic measures shall be taken to grant fiscal and political autonomy to the region, which will eventually lead to better local governance, regional unification, and social development.
  • The Ilocos Region has a strategic location as a Northern Gateway for economic activities in the areas of investment, trade and technologyThe challenges that this region faces:
    • There is a need to sustain momentum of accelerated growth by industry sector especially in the construction subsector and stimulate manufacturing subsector to recover loses of the whole sector from the slowdown of previous slump years.
    • The agriculture and services sector, especially the trade subsector need to be stimulated to increase their contribution to the income of the region.
    • Need for more job creating opportunities especially in the industry and services sectors to continually expand the economy of the region.
    • Persistent increase in unemployment rate.
    • Gap between agri and non agri labor productivity.

    The presence of infrastructure networks such as airports, sea ports, gives the region a good jumping point in advocating development initiatives aimed at maximizing the region’s agri-industrial and tourism industries by taking advantage of its strategic proximity to the tiger economies of Taiwan, Southern China and Japan.

  • Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Santiago City belong to the Cagayan Valley Region. Situated along the country’s northern coastline, the main industry of the provinces is fishing. The region relies on its rich aquatic resource that is why strategic measures for improving the sector are needed for dynamic growth.Cagayan Valley’s economy is also driven by the agricultural sector; hence, it is necessary to construct farming access roads and irrigation system for the region.Power supply and telecommunication services shall be available to different baranggay and households in the region. This will prompt easier access to information and innovation, as well as boom of the E-commerce in the region. Development will also pave for flood control facilities, better transportation network, and digital infrastructures.
  • Central Luzon’s development objective is to achieve prosperity and improve quality of life of the people by increasing productivity levels and reduction of costs coupled with reducing the risks to economic vulnerability of the region.This will be achieved by:
    • Attracting new and additional investments in the following industries through reduction of direct and indirect cost of doing business in the region:
      • Agribusiness and other resource based industries.
      • Provision of tourism services and facilities as well a rehabilitation of existing ones.
      • ICT
      • Knowledge-based industries.
      • Market promotion and financial assistance packages shall be utilized to strengthen SMEs.
    • Market promotion and financial assistance packages shall be utilized to strengthen SMEs.
    • Increase the region’s shares of the international market by attracting new locators to the region’s large industrial enclaves and Freeport zones.
    • Revival of the region’s mining industry.
    • Increase productivity and family incomes in the agricultural sector through increased access to technologies and other support infrastructure.
    • Improve access to affordable transport services and facilities.
    • We shall reduce the risks to economic growth by reducing the regions vulnerability to natural hazards trough early warning systems, hazard zonations and disaster preparedness; Institutionalize ecosystem protection initiatives;
      • We aim to increase economic growth potential for the regions by means of:
      • Improve quality of education which shall be responsive to the development thrusts of the region.
      • Decrease IRA dependence, increase internal revenue generation.
      • Improve on healthcare initiatives to improve and maintain the health and well being of the people.
  • The provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Quezon, and Rizal, collectively known as CALABARZON, has one of the fastest growing economy, thanks to the onset industrial factories, commercial infrastructures, and housing projects in the area. Its close proximity with the National Capital Region gives it better access to the metropolitan areas teeming with business opportunities.The key areas to be explored:
    • Job market expansion by providing credit loans and proper management training for entrepreneurs.
    • Address the need for better education by making schools more conducive for learning. Provide more classrooms, textbooks, and educational modules. Teaching computer literacy even at early grade levels.
    • Lobby for better infrastructures to hasten the commute of citizens and transportation of commodities.
    • Efface poverty in urban and rural areas by meeting basic social needs such as livelihood, healthcare, and housing.
  • The MIMAROPA—which encompasses Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, and Romblon—may be the new gateway of southern Philippines. Its port areas provide easy transport services to nearby islands and are excellent trading hub for entrepreneurs. Improving these infrastructures is needed.The cluster of agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors paved way to its rising economic growth; hence, it should be continuously enhanced. Another focus will be on the mining sector, and although mines in the region operate on small-scale level, they still made fiscal mark. There is a need to campaign for local government units to support the region for continued progress to happen.
  • Bicolandia consists of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Top priority is put on natural disaster preparedness for the region. As proactive solution to the problem, construction of river dams is needed. The local drainage system also needs regular maintenance and unclogging to prevent flooding.Economic zones in the region will rise by way of land development and aggressive promotion. This will work alongside remodeling the current trading trends through facilitating small and medium enterprises and pushing forward to stronger international trade.Much potential is seen in Bicolandia’s steel and engineering sector. Ample support will be given to research programs on the metal industry in order to convert it into a profitable economy.
  • There is a need to sustain key development initiatives in the region for which there are three major funding sources namely: National funding, Region’s own development initiatives, LGU initiatives.The thrust of the key initiates are mainly:
    • Increased job creation through economic growth: Initiate and sustain strategic programs and projects covering agriculture, cooperative development, Tourism, productivity and marketing assistance, entrepreneurship, SME technology programs, Productivity and aquaculture subsector programs.
    • Social development programs aimed at reduction of poverty: These programs are aimed to alleviate poverty through establishment of schools, Health programs, health and nutrition centers and other social services in the remote areas; providing continuous lifelong learning and multiple capability building for service providers and expansion of trained community based service, as well as other education and skills enhancement initiatives.
    • Improved physical planning and sustainable management of ecosystems: Programs include updating o f land use classifications resource management as well as environmental management.
    • Improved infrastructure and logistic support.
  • With its strategic location in the Pacific Rim, the Central Visayas Region (the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor) aims to be a frontrunner in Visayas terms of living and economy. This goal can be achieved if crucial matters on economy and social welfare can be addressed:
    • The Internet is the new business highway. Hence, there is a pressing need for advancements in information technology and telecommunications within the region. Citizens need to be constantly wired and attuned with global trends. That is why IT education, new researches, and constructions should be funded.
    • Urbanization, modernization, and industrialization of most cities in the region by yielding employment for the people and giving adequate social services.
    • Continued propagation of the agriculture, aquaculture, and livestock in the region can continue through proper organization and supervision via local government units.
    • Tap into the human resources by educating the citizens and training them in various sectors to be part of the growing workforce of the region.
  • To maximize Eastern Visayas Region’s potential, it is best to draw from its agricultural sector and manpower. The economy of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Samar, Southern Leyte, and Tacloban City will greatly benefit from a fortified agri-industry and eco-tourism:
      Form farmer cooperatives to increase operation scale

    • Provide prime agricultural lands to be cultivated. Facilitate in agriculture-related activities, like skills training on farming, entrepreneurship, and sourcing funds. Continue producing the region’s high value crops such as rice, corn, and sugarcane. Establish more processing and manufacturing centers in the region.
    • Pursue tourism; it is an integral part of the economy. Developing beaches and other touist spots will bring in foreigners and businesses.

    Through combined financial support and government effort, the regional plan can be implemented.

  • The development plans for Zamboanga Peninsula—composed of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga city—will be centered on poverty, education, and infrastructures:Poverty is one of the main hurdles in fiscal and social development. Eradicating poverty in the region can be made possible by generating more employment, literacy programs, and housing projects. A dependable healthcare system will also be made available to provide low-cost hospital services and medicines for the citizens.Provide access to basic education and enhance quality of higher education. Schools will be given free textbooks and learning materials. Educational facilities will be improved and scholarships will be granted to deserving students. The faculty will also be shaped-up to ensure quality teaching.

    A lot of residents have been displaced from their homes due natural disasters and political turmoil. Involve local government units and private sectors to take active part in housing and resettlement programs.

  • The provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental are part of Northern Mindanao. Because of the current peace and order situation in the region, its economy is taking a blow. Infrastructure projects can help stimulate the flow business. Aid will be provided to improve the main roads and bridges connecting rural areas to cities, the busy port areas, and the airports. Transportation of products and goods all over the country will become much faster and easier. Visitors and tourists can have more access to the region.In lieu of tourism, there should be more aggressive approach to promote the different spots in the region, such as the beautiful Camiguin island and the mountain ranges of Bukidnon.Region X is the prime supplier of hydro-electric power for Mindanao. Constructing new power plants and encouraging businessmen to invest on these projects will not only escalate power generation and transmission, it will also beneficial to the environment.

    The peace and order situation in the region shall be closely monitored to safeguard security and protect human rights.

  • Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur comprise the Davao Region. The growing need for information and communication technology will become the region’s economic springboard. Hence, aiding in the construction of E-commerce infrastructures such as contact centers that will introduce larger job market. Local government units must also raise more capital for the business sector in order to provide more services for the people. Allow small and medium enterprises easier access to credit and bank loans in order to take care of their business.Rehabilitation of the region’s mining industry must be also underlined, but at the same time, maintain the preservation of ecological balance. The agriculture sector, which is anchored on food produce such as bananas and coconuts, will be granted better facilities to ensure product quality. Development research programs will address the region’s need for agri-business management direction.
  • SOCCSKSARGEN covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City The region is one of the country’s main exporters of bananas, mangoes, seaweeds, and coconuts. Strengthening its agri-business sector through procurement of new farming lands, techniques, and technology will result to more foreign and investments and local livelihood.A pioneer in commercial fishing, SOCCSKSARGEN can expect joint government effort to aid productivity and trade management. Manufacturing is also on the rise. Building new and better infrastructures like food processing and packaging factories can help the economy.Protecting natural resources is also beneficial to the region. Ample financial support will be provided for the continuous research on watershed management, irrigation, and forest conservation. Illegal logging, dynamite fishing, poaching, and polluting shall be punishable by law.

    Bring information technology industry to the region to boost the current low employment rate. Major cities such as General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat can be tapped as new grounds for business enterprises such as service and product outsourcing.

  • The Caraga Region—composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur—is wealthy in natural and mineral resources; properly harnessing these reserves will greatly boost the region’s economy. Developmental plans will focus on improving the forestry, mining/quarrying, farming, and fishing industries. This can be accomplished by organizing more training programs for the workers and lobbying for better infrastructures. Progress will go hand-in-hand with the protecting the environment. The goals are to utilize, protect, and sustain nature’s blessings.Optimizing Caraga’s growing economic zones is also a priority. The region’s economic zones will become the center of agribusiness that will pave way for more macro and micro enterprises. This will draw in more investors to the region and, at the same time, generate more jobs for the Caragans.

My 2cents on Gibo

This profile would be the first of its kind. We can say that Gibo has not much of a history in politics but it is also evident that he has laid out a plan for the Philippines.

It’s amazing to me. Anyway, I can also wonder why the administration has chosen him as their candidate for the 2010 presidential race. First, he isn’t so known all over the Philippines. He might have a history as a congressman but that doesn’t mean that the people already know him. Which brings us to the second point: there is not much to know about him. I can say that it is pretty early in his political career to already run for president.

Well, he is not the only who can seem to be in a hurry for presidency. But, since he is backed by the administration, he still has a chance in this race. Though, the recent surveys wouldn’t tell you so.

Sources:PoliticalArena, Wikipedia, Gibo.ph

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Introduction

It’s Goodbye 2009 and Hello 2010!

And in less than five months, we, the Filipino people, will once again have to choose who we want to be the leaders of our nation for the next 3-6 years.

Have you chosen your president already? If not, I hope this series can help you. If yes, this might just change your mind.

For the 2010 elections, the ComElec have qualified 8 presidential candidates and they are:

  1. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party
  2. John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes of Ang Kapatiran
  3. Joseph “Erap” Estrada of PMP
  4. Richard “Dick” Gordon of Bagumbayan
  5. Jamby Madrigal
  6. Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro of Lakas-Kampi-CMD
  7. Eduardo “Eddie” Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas; and
  8. Manuel “Manny” Villar of the Nacionalista Party

Read the following posts for the profile of each of the candidates.