Militants on defense sec. Gilbert Teodoro as admin presidential bet:”It’s like GMA seeking fresh mandate in 2010″- Pamalakaya

Militants on defense sec. Gilbert Teodoro as admin presidential bet:”It’s like GMA seeking fresh mandate in 2010″- Pamalakaya

“It is like President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeking a fresh mandate or term extension in 2010 in the persona of defense secrtary Gilbert Teodoro .”

This was how the leftist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), a rabid critic of the Arroyo administration likened the presidential bid of Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, whom the group expect to be announced as the standard bearer of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party anytime today.

“It is public knowledge that Secretary Teodoro is GMA’s male version. In fact the defense secretary is the male counterpart or male alter ego of President Arroyo. Better expect an Arroyo type of presidency in case the defense secretary gets the highest elective post in 2010,” warned Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya national chair.

The Pamalakaya leader added that the announcement of Sec.Teodoro as Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential standard bearer in 2010 marks the death of Teodoro’s political career, saying the stigma of Arroyo’s kiss of death will soon demolish whatever future stake left for the defense secretary as a Tarlac politician.

“This is the end of the road for Teodoro. He will soon join the league of political starlets and wannabes and detested politicians in the totally ruined party of President Arroyo,” added Hicap.

The militant group said despite the endorsement of 49 pro-administration governors, the support of the majority of Lakas-Kampi-CMD members and the promising machinery of the Arroyo government, still the 45 million voters, who are fed up with the Arroyo administration will decide the outcome of the hotly contested presidential race next year.

“Mathematically and politically speaking, there is a big difference between 45 million voters, and the 49 governors and 85 Lakas-Kampi-CMD politicians. The 49 governors and the 85 Lakas-Kampi politicans 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,” Pamalakaya said.

“The endorsement of 49 governors and 85 pro-administration politicians 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 group said.

Pamalakaya 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 merely confirmed the people’s across-the-nation detestation and isolation of the ruling syndicate in Malacañang,” the group noticed.

Pamalakaya said the endorsement of 49 governors and 85 Lakas-Kampi members 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.#


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