'Gibo' mobbed in provincial sorties

March 20, 2010 12:03 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro, March 20 — With barely more than a month of campaigning, Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. is mobbed by enthusiastic people and supporters in every province that he has visited so far.

Local political leaders in this province led by Rep. Amelita Villarosa vowed to campaign hard to make the Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet the country’s next president as they see in him the qualities of a leader that Filipinos need to continue the Philippines’ journey towards the path of sustained economic growth.

Villarosa, who is also the Lakas-Kampi-CMD regional chairperson for the MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region, during Gibo's sortie here on Saturday said political leaders in Occidental Mindoro — from the barangay tanod to the highest local chief executive in the province — have agreed to deliver the votes for Gibo in the May 10 elections.

"We will definitely do our best. United, we can deliver the votes for (former Defense) Secretary Teodoro," said Villarosa in a chance interview.

According to the Occidental Mindoro solon, the people of the province believe in Gibo’s "galing at talino" (skills and intelligence), and trust that he would pursue the development programs in the province that will benefit the poorest of the poor.

For his part, Mamburao Mayor Voltaire Villarosa said he believes in Gibo’s "intelligence and capability in leading and pursuing the economic growth for our country."

"I believe in his principles, style of management, work ethics and moral values. I will do my very best to make sure that he will be the next president of our country," he said.

Sablayan Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, on the other hand, said what struck him about Gibo was his being "independent-minded." He pointed out that 17 of the 22 barangays in his town will definitely go for the Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard- bearer.

"Knowing Gibo, di siya magpapahawak kahit kanino, kasi (he won’t allow anyone to have control over him because he’s) independent-minded. Malayo sa ibang kandidato si Gibo kung talino ang pag-uusapan (Gibo is miles away from other candidates if intelligence is what we are talking about). Sharp sumagot sa mga issues (He is sharp in answering issues)," Gadiano said.

Occidental Mindoro’s vote of confidence in Gibo follows his successful foray in Butuan City, where some 25,000 supporters from the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur swarmed his political rally Thursday night.

Although there were no celebrity endorsers, the crowd filled the grandstand and swelled to the open grounds of the Butuan City Sports Center in a massive show of support for Gibo and his running mate Eduardo "Edu" Manzano.

Gibo, speaking in a mix of Tagalog and Bisaya dialect, again sets into motion his positive campaign approach, which is anchored on platform and issues-based tact devoid of mudslinging and attacks against his rivals.

"Should I be chosen as the next president, you will get a government that is really true, clean and fast in delivering basic services. And I will not forget you for giving me your support," he said, making the crowd roar.

As in previous appearances in various presidential forums, Gibo, who also asked the crowd to vote for his party mates, cited as his key priorities education, health care, environment, agriculture, infrastructure and peace and order, among others.

Butuan Mayor Democrito Plaza, who said he did not expect a large rally turnout due to very short time to prepare, was surprised at the huge turnout.

"We only had a day to prepare for this rally. Our estimated crowd is 20,000 to 25,000 people," he said.

Before the huge rally, Gibo, clad in his signature green polo shirt, proved his consistent youth-drawing power, visiting three college campuses in Butuan City where students virtually showered him with a superstar treatment — with the female population shrieking at his sight as he gamely posed for souvenir photos and signed autographs.

The 1989 Philippine Bar topnotcher apparently won the youth vote in every campus sortie as shown by the warm welcome he got from all the campuses he toured nationwide.

Gibo has stressed the need to sustain infrastructure projects in the Caraga region that would open up new frontiers to increase productivity and foster peace in the South.

In a chance interview, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet vowed to continue the road networks initiated by the national government to insure Mindanao’s further advancement.

"I will continue the government infrastructure projects in the Caraga region, especially those that seek to open up new frontiers," he said.

Caraga is composed of the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte.

When elected to the country’s top post, the former Defense Secretary said the opening of new access roads should top the infrastructure development blueprint for Caraga and the neighboring regions of northern and southern Mindanao.

"My administration will give more emphasis on opening up new access roads linking Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur and Compostela Valley," he said.

"It’s a logical extension to the Kalayaan Barangay Project that I pushed when I was at the helm of the Department of National Defense," he added.

Gibo said "the problem really is access. Now when you solve that problem, (agricultural) productivity will be enhanced, and so is the peace and order situation," he said.

He also vowed to continue pushing the campaign for a sustainable peace by engaging the stakeholders, among them the religious sector, in Mindanao.

Teodoro also cited the need to improve the air and sea ports as part of the disaster risk reduction strategy for the eastern Mindanao seaboard.

"We might see the next year with heavy rainfall that may trigger massive landslides and mudslides in the area. We better prepare for that through disaster risk reduction initiatives," he said.

Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez, Lakas-Kampi-CMD president, said earlier that 60 to 70 percent of local officials in Mindanao support the bid of Gibo.

"That’s about 12 million voters for Gibo from the local political leaders in Mindanao," he said. (PNA)

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