Palace: Sec. Teodoro's entry in Lakas-Kampi-CMD a welcome development

July 18, 2009 2:22 pm 

MANILA, July 18 — Malacañang sees Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro as a formidable asset in the Lakas-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats due to his impeccable political background.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelie Fajardo said in a radio interview this morning that Teodoro’s formal membership makes numerous members of the party happy.

Lakas-Kampi-CMD has reportedly started organizing its campaign machinery nationwide and Teodoro’s entry to the ruling party will be part of the process to search its own standard bearer for next year’s polls.

Fajardo added that Teodoro could have a big chance to become the standard bearer for the presidential post for next year’s elections.

She, however, noted that there is a tedious process in choosing the party’s standard bearer and it will be difficult since the possible candidates for the presidential post under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD umbrella are all excellent candidates and have impeccable backgrounds.

In the past, Teodoro openly sought the nomination of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as president.

But Fajardo pointed out that party members who are doing the consultations to choose its own standard bearer are doing their best and whoever they will choose will be the “best of the best.”

Teodoro is expected to have his oath-taking ceremony this month.

The defense secretary along with Vice President Noli de Castro, Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman (MMDA) Bayani Fernando are reportedly among the expected aspirants for the administration party’s presidential nomination.

Teodoro is the youngest secretary to hold the Defense portfolio at the age of 43, when he assumed the post in August 2007. As head of the Department of National Defense, Secretary Teodoro is keen on ably pursuing Philippine defense reforms and is determined to make the defense and military establishment truly responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Filipino people.

Before he became the secretary of National Defense, he was congressman of the First District of Tarlac for three consecutive terms starting 1998.

Teodoro assumed the position of Assistant Majority Leader (11th Congress) at the House of Representatives 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. (PNA) scs/OPS/rsm

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