Defense chief told: 45 million people, not 49 governors will decide the next president in 2010 

Defense chief told: 45 million people, not 49 governors will decide the next president in 2010

The fisherfolk activist group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday told Defense Secretary and Palace potential presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro that the 45 million voters and not the 49 governors allied with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will decide the outcome of the hotly contested presidential race next year.

“There is a big difference between 45 million voters and 49 governors, mathematically and politically speaking. The 40 governors who endorsed Teodoro’s candidacy for president in 2010 cannot overturn the kiss of death of Mrs. Arroyo. The president’s anointed one will suffer at the electoral box-office that’s why no one wants to be associated with her,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

Hicap issued the statement in response to Palace press release that President Arroyo was elated by the news that 49 governors have endorsed the presidential bid of Secretary Teodoro.

The move of 49 governors, as seen by political analyst, shows that members of the administration coalition Lakas-CMD and the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) are getting impatient for the ruling coalition to choose the presidential standard bearer for 2010, according the Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos.

Abalos said despite the poor ratings of potential Palace presidentiables, the official candidate of the ruling party will still be the man to beat in the 2010 presidential elections.

“The endorsement of 49 governors has no huge impact or political weight to the ambitious and career-oriented Teodoro. The same applies to Palace senatorial bets. At the end of the day, the Filipino voters will still see Teodoro as Arroyo’s presidential bet, and therefore rejection becomes him,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

Hicap said despite Palace hype on the presidential bid of Defense Secretary Teodoro, independent surveys still show that the defense chief remains at the tail end of these surveys.
“His poor showings in the survey mere confirmed the people’s across-the-nation detestation and isolation of the ruling syndicate in Malacañang,” he added.

Pamalakaya said the endorsement of 49 governors on the presidential bid of Teodoro was made to create a “bogus bandwagon effect” and to make an illusion that Malacañang is still capable of making a political figure that could overcome the factor of “kiss of death” associated with President Arroyo and the entire ruling coalition.

Secretary Gabriel Claudio, who is also the secretary general of Lakas-CMD described the governors’ action as a very compelling endorsement and should be given a significant weight by the ruling party to decide who among potential presidential bets Lakas-CMD and Kampi should endorse and support in the 2010 elections

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