Palace hopes other religious groups will endorse Gibo

May 3, 2010 7:17 pm 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, May 3 – Malacanang is looking forward to having more religious groups endorse the candidacy of administration standard bearer ex-defense chief Gilberto 'Gibo' Teodoro.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar expressed this sentiment of Malacanang after reports cited Kingdom of Jesus Christ congregation head Pastor Apollo Quiboloy as throwing his support behind Teodoro.

"We hope those still thinking of who to endorse will follow this act," Olivar said Monday during a Palace briefing.

He lauded Quiboloy for recognizing Teodoro's talent, platform and experience in governance.

Olivar believes Malacanang did not have a hand in Quiboloy's endorsement, however, noting such push was not necessary since Teodoro has what it takes to be a good president.

The endorsement can help build up momentum of support for Teodoro particularly among voters still contemplating on whom to elect as president.

Presidential preference surveys of PulseAsia (PA) and Social Weather Stations (SWS) continue showing Teodoro trailing behind topnotchers Sen. Benigno Aquino III (Liberal Party or LP), Sen. Manny Villar (Nacionalista Party) and ex-president Joseph Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino) who is eyeing a Malacanang comeback this year.

Teodoro's spokesperson Mike Toledo reiterated such surveys fail to reflect factors that help boost a candidate's chance of winning the presidential race.

These factors include strength of party machinery and possible command votes from religious groups, he said.

He noted surveys' failure to reflect such factors is a reason for Teodoro's dismal ranking in PA and SWS surveys.

"Voter support for him is increasing but this can't be seen in surveys," Toledo said.

Administration-backed Lakas-Kampi coalition is also pleased about the endorsement from Quiboloy.

Lakas-Kampi believes this endorsement is significant as Toledo pointed out earlier some six million people in the Philippines and abroad belong to Quiboloy's congregation.

Such membership shows the command votes Teodoro can possibly garner from Quiboloy's congregation alone, Toledo noted.

During the briefing, Olivar also expressed Malacanang's respect for the decision of Quiboloy to endorse LP vice-presidential aspirant Sen. Mar Roxas instead of administration bet Edu Manzano who is a game show host and former chief of Optical Media Board.

The administration hoped for Quiboloy's endorsement of both Teodoro and Manzano, Olivar admitted.

Malacanang is still pleased about Quiboloy's support for Teodoro, the deputy spokesperson however assured.

"We prefer to look at the glass as half-full than half-empty," Olivar said. (PNA)

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