Comparison of Presidential styles: Gilbert Teodoro, Richard Gordon, and J.C. de los Reyes

I will talk about three presidential candidates whom I like.  If anyone of them wins, the Philippines has a future.

Gilbert Teodoro

Gilbert Teodoro’s strength is in his academic credentials.  But what I like about him is his emphasis in institution building.  His interest is on making an excellent organization with with well defined roles.  As president, his job is to provide the vision and mission for the country, and to realign the country’s resources and institutions to achieve that goal.  His term as president would be over in six years, but the institutional processes that he will put in place will continue to work long after he is forgotten.  Just like his father.

Teodoro is not a dictator.  His method of problem solving is by consultation and consensus-building.   He is a realistic.  He knows that the government cannot possibly provide for every Filipinos.  He knows the limit of the Philippine Fiscal Budget.  So what he wants to do is to find a way to make the government and the private sector work together.

Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon’s strength is in his capacity to make people volunteer.  This is the essence of a leader: to make people follow you because they believe in you.  Look at what he did to Subic after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.  He galvanized the people to action and cleaned up the U.S. military bases.  He knows the potential of the bases to attract investments.  What is needed is a leader whom the investors trust to make things happen.  And he provided that leadership.

Gordon’s ads state the facts.  He did not make promises.  He showed his achievements.  The billions of pesos of foreign investment that poured in Subic under his leadership is proof enough.  If he can transform Subic, he can transform Philippines.

The Gordon and Bayani is a good tandem if they both win.  Gordon the Leader.  Bayani the builder.

J. C. de los Reyes

J. C. de los Reyes also has good academic credentials, second perhaps to Gilbert Teodoro.  What I like about J. C. is that he is campaigning not primarily for himself but for the Kapatiran Party.

All the political parties that we have at the moment have no mission and vision to speak of.  They are bunch of politicians who happen to group themselves into a party because of political convenience, just like in prehispanic Philippines.  Raul Manglapus’ Christian Democratic Socialist Movement, which later became NUCD, was formed to to instill the Catholic Church’s social doctrine in the Philippine government.  Then the party affiliated with Lakas and others, and the original mission of the Manglapus was diluted.

The Kapatiran Party is a revival of Raul Manglapus’s original vision.  The Kapatiran’s clear stand against the Reproductive Health Bill shows the unity of the party’s mission and vision.

Atty. Jo Imbong for Senator: Pro-family, pro bono, pro-Ateneo

NAME: Atty. Jo Imbong



  • Born in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon of Ilocano parents.
  • Married to lawyer, Manuel B. Imbong. They have eight children.


  • University Counsel and a Lecturer of the University of Asia andthe Pacific.
  • Faculty Member of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism.
  • Head ofthe Legal Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
  • Consultant to the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, and the Office on Women
  • Trustee of the Alliance Against Pornography
  • Executive Director of the Family Media Advocacy Foundation
  • Writer for the CBCP Monitor
  • Member of the International Bar Association Media Law Committee.

For her pro bono work in the Family Rights advocacy, Atty. Jo as she is fondly called, is a recipient of the Fr. Paul B. Marx Pro-Life Award from Human life International, and the Blessed Pedro Calungsod Pro-Life Award from His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

In 2001, she founded Abay Pamilya Foundation, an association of parents and families working for women’s and family rights. In the women’s rights circuit, she is currently Vice- Chair of Professional & Cultural Development for Women Foundation, a private voluntary organization engaged in the training and formation of working women and homemakers.

Today, her passion for pro bono work has inspired her to enter new corridors of advocacy—the Philippine Senate. She believes that the totality and awesome powers of the State are there simply to serve life, family, motherhood, children, progeny, and the common good—“not the other way around.”

Source: Ang Kapatiran Party

Rep. Nikki Prieto Teodoro, wife of Presidential Candidate Gilbert Teodoro, withdraws support for the Reproductive Health Bill

SAYING that it has been “defanged and is now toothless” the legislator-wife of former defense secretary Gilbert  Teodoro, the administration bet in the 2010 presidential elections, has withdrawn her support for the controversial reproductive-health bill.

In pulling out her support for House Bill 5043, Lakas-Kampi-CMD Rep. Nikki Prieto Teodoro of Tarlac said the measure does not directly address the problem of poverty in the country, where about 5,000 Filipinos are born daily, most of them ending up poor.

She said that her new stand on the issue is consistent with her husband’s platform of government to fight against the “four faces of poverty: poverty of the mind, poverty of the pocket, poverty of the environment, poverty of relationships.”

“We shall protect the life of each and every citizen. Respect for life shall be from the moment of conception to the moment of death of our constituents. The protection of life is guaranteed by our constitution and on this principle there is no compromise,” former defense secretary Teodoro said in his speech during the Lakas-Kampi-CMD convention recently.

Source:  Business Mirror

Monk’s Hobbit’s Notes: This is what I have been praying for.  I was still reluctant to vote Gibo before.  Though I believe that he is the most competent among the Presidential candidates, his wife’s support  for the Reproductive Health Bill is a millstone around his neck.  Now that his wife withdraws support for the Bill, I can now pray that Gibo wins.  I hope the pro-life movement would now rally behind Teodoro’s banner.

J. C. de los Reyes is fighting a good fight.  He knows he has a very slim chance in winning the presidential race.  But he joins the race not for himself but to give the Kapatiran party a voice in the presidential elections.  The Kapatiran party is a distinctively pro-life party.  I shall vote for the Kapatiran’s senatorial slate.  I watched the ANC Presidential Elections 2010 forum last night and I heard Gibo and JC speak.  Gibo is more eloquent, but JC’s moral integrity shines: he is willing to waive the bank secrecy law and allow the public to know his bank account.  He said that he has a house in Baguio which he built himself, because he has a brick making business.  He also said that he has a lease-to-own house somewhere in Manila worth 5 million pesos; he pays P 50,000 per month.  Concerning the question of the reproductive health bill, we already know what JC will say.  But this is what I heard Gibo say: population control must not be legislated.  I had a feeling that this is a portent of things to come and indeed, Gibo’s wife now withdraws support for the Reproductive Health Bill.  If there is something good that JC had done in joining the presidential race, I think it is in making Gibo consider the moral side of the issues.

Update 12/7/2009: Gibo is still pro-choice. If he does not change his mind, I will not vote for him.