Gibo dismisses 'Villarroyo' issue

April 7, 2010 10:18 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

SAN FERNANDO CITY, April 7 — Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. on Wednesday dismissed rumors of the so-called "Villarroyo" issue, branding it off as black propaganda.

"They're (Villarroyo) just black propaganda rumors circulating," said Teodoro, in a chance interview at the sidelines of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign sortie here.

That's one of the reason, he said, why the administration party had called an executive committee meeting on Tuesday "just to show that these rumors are not true."

"I have always been convinced, there's always been support," said Gibo.

"Never have I made any statement in public that there was no such support. Never. It was always attributed to somebody else and not to me. There's no change in support. It has always been there," he added.

Gibo stressed that he has always been satisfied with the support of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party and with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"Ang pagtatanong ng Villarroyo perpetuates the rumors. So let's not perpetuate the rumors anymore. That's a close issue," he said.

Meanwhile, Pampanga Reps. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and Aurelio "Dong" Gonzalez led more than 500 local officials from mayors down to the barangay captains, in declaring their all-out support for the Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer in a highly-charged political rally here.

Arroyo’s show of support came just a day after his mother, President Arroyo issued an order to her loyal troops in the ruling party to ensure the victory of their party’s presidential bet.

The huge turnout of local party leaders showed how much clout the President’s order carried, and further showed the full support of the First Family for Gibo and the rest of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national bets.

The 20 member-strong Pampanga Mayors League pledged a "One Pampanga for Gibo," vowing to deliver no less than 85 percent of the more than one million voters of the province for the former Defense Secretary, his running mate Eduardo "Edu" Manzano, along with their six senatorial bets.

In an interview with the media, Arroyo reiterated his family’s full support for Gibo, adding that their commitment to Teodoro has never wavered.

"Even before the President issued her instruction for all Lakas-Kampi–CMD members to mount an aggressive campaign for Gibo and ensure his victory, we have been all out in our support for him," he said.

"Yan namang Villarroyo allegations, gawa-gawa lang naman yan ng nasa kabilang kampo. There is absolutely no truth to that," he added.

The Pampanga solon even went to the extent of saying that their support for Gibo goes beyond politics and that even if Teodoro would distance himself from the party, they would still support him.

"Even if Gibo would distance himself from us, we will still support him," he said.

On the other hand, Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, spokesman of the Pampanga Mayors’ League, said Gibo has the solid support of the region, including the mayors of 20 municipalities and two cities, plus local officials down the line.

He said that "85 to 88 percent of the more than one million Kapampangan voters, are for Gibo."

"The support boils down to the locals’ belief that the Harvard graduate and 1989 Philippine Bar topnotcher can effectively lead the country to progress, and that he can finally lead the country to unity," said Pelayo.

"Gusto kasi namin ng pagbabago at pag-unlad; pagod na kami sa mga rally, kudeta, kasi walang magandang maidudulot yan sa bansa natin (It’s because we want change and progress; we are fed up with rallies, coup d’etat, and the like as these are not doing any good to the country)," he added.

The Candaba mayor said that aside from being the most qualified candidate to lead the country, Gibo is the only candidate whose campaign is focused on clear-cut plans and programs that can lead to the country’s progress.

"Yung ibang kandidato, nakatutok ang kampanya sa pagtitira sa ibang kandidato. Ngayon pa lang, nagbabangayan na sila sa isa’t isa. Nakakapagod na ‘yon (Other candidates are focused on lambasting their political enemies and other candidates, and it’s only campaign season. That can be tiring)," he said.

"Isipin mo na lang kung sila ang manalo at iyon lang ang aatupagin, wala talagang mangyayari sa ekonomiya at progreso natin (Just imagine if they win, they would primarily focus on that, nothing will happen to our economy and progress)," he pointed out.

Rep. Gonzales, for his part, said that Pampanguenos would help Gibo in his journey to the Palace.

"Si Gibo po ay number one sa Pampanga na siguradong mananalo (Gibo will surely emerge in Pampanga as the number one winner)," he said. (PNA) vcs/LGI/utb

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