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the pain of being gilbert teodoro, standard bearer of the ruling/admin party is standard zero

 we know the kinds of problems gilbert teodoro, standard bearer of the ruling/admin party is facing in his quest for the presidency, but this news article surprised us  and to be honest it was completely unexpected.

we did not imagine that it was this bad for teodoro. we feel the pain that gilbert teodoro feels. we fear for his presidential campaign.

teodoro went to marilao, bulacan to visit but the residents wondered who he was, they even said they were happy to see noynoy aquino pay them a visit! the residents mistook teodoro to be noynoy aquino.

here is where the pain we feel for teodoro comes from:

  • we know that he suffers badly in the polls, the latest showing him gaining a minuscule 0.2% in the latest quarterly SWS survey. that puts him at the very bottom among  the major candidates and in the company of  the laggards perlas, madrigal and de los reyes.
  • his party’s announcement as the standard bearer of the ruling/admin party was greeted not with glee, not with excitement but  ho-hum not only among the public but also among his party-mates. his party-mates did not exactly jump with joy when he was chosen. rather than the good things, the negatives of doubt and insecurity came up instead.
  • ondoy came and as NDCC head he was at the front and center of the country. the NDCC is the government agency tasked to respond to the likes of ondoy it stands for National Disaster Coordinating Committee  and Teodoro being the chair means he will get a lot of media. he did.

but  that did not help him.

given the above, you would expect that teodoro’s 0.2% will get a surge. we don’t know yet if it did in numerical terms but given what happened in bulacan, we might be hoping against hope.

there is a lot of discontent on the kind of reaction the national government, the NDCC and by extension arroyo on the aftermath of the ondoy disaster. no help came and if they did, it was too little, too late. on the other hand, the private sector, groups, companies and individuals came out in force many times over and in many cases ahead of the government, in many places the only people who came to help the victims.

what shoves teodoro deeper into name recognition hell, and this adds salt to an open wound is that he was doing something good in bulacan -he visited. not being recognized for it says (a) he really suffers from a very low recognition, reflective of the 0.2% in the polls and (b) people seem to automatically equate good deeds with aquino and not with any other presidentiable. it’s bad enough you are not know by the voters, it’s really dismal when the good you do is attributed to your main rival.

ouch! double ouch!

That’s Gibo! ‘Ondoy’ a bane and a boon 
 By Jocelyn Uy, Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:40:00 10/06/2009 

MARILAO, BULACAN —Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. has the looks and credentials to run for president. Unfortunately, some flood-stricken residents here mistook him for the other presidential aspirant, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who happens to be his cousin.

While the residents of Barangay Lambakin were excited to see a government official finally checking up on them after more than a week since Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (international codename: Ketsana) submerged their homes in mud and floodwaters, they also wondered and whispered among themselves if it was Noynoy visiting them.

Overhearing the murmured exchange, someone from Teodoro’s party said in Filipino: “That’s Gibo,” referring to the defense chief’s nickname.


  1. marsheemarsh
    October 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    this is interesting. the news article of inquirer didn’t really just doubt teodoro’s credentials. it actually included several instances when he was mobbed by people taking pictures,admired him etc.

    so why take only the bad part and make a whole entry from that?

    we all know that the newspapers already have their own biases. so yung biased na newspaper iq-quote pa para gumawa ng seemingly-biased blog? lol.

    for a blog with quite a following such as this, your writeups will definitely influence your readers somehow. just a feedback.

  2. October 7, 2009 at 7:36 am

    “the bad part” is the truth, it did occur and that is what matters the most.

    things like that have meanings and implications. campaigns cannot be in denial, there will be good things as well as bad things. it is for them to address the bad ones and expand the good ones.

    as for the readers of this blog – they can decide on their own what they should allow to influence them or not. certainly this is not the first blog nor the first medium that has talked about the bad or the good.

    teodoro not being recognized by the people is really nothing new to the ruling/admin party and even to teodoro himself. they knew that from the beginning, he did get 0.2% in the quarterly survey. they only have to blame themselves for choosing a standard bearer that extremely few people know about and want. its not the fault of this blog.

    and thank you for recognizing the wide and growing readership of this blog. the hits on this blog are continually growing and links and references to this blog by other blogs and websites are also growing. we have to thank the authors and readers of this log for the growing popularity of this blog.

    • marsheemarsh
      October 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm

      so because the campaigns are expanding the good and belittling the bad, then we ought to expand their bad and belittle their good? that’s not balanced viewing either.

      secondly, i don’t think people can really “choose” the things that influence them, as much as we’d like to think that they can. alot of things are all about packaging/advertising. people might choose certain standpoints, but that still depends on things that have influenced them whether they like it or not. that’s what campaigners take advantage of… and also by people who spread black propaganda.

      that is how blogs like these are powerful. for that, bloggers are still responsible.

      i didn’t know that there were several authors of this blog. for that i suppose you wouldn’t really be able to control everything that the blog says. anyway, i’m not generalizing. i just observed the bias in this particular post.

      but then again i guess everyone’s just subject to their own biases.

  3. October 8, 2009 at 9:08 am

    we believe in free speech, the same way as we believe that readers are smart enough to believe what they want to believe ans what they do not want to believe in. same thing as its up to readers to allow whatever to influence them or not.

    this is a blog with individual authors and the nature of blogs such as these is exactly like what an opinion page or editorial page is in newspapers. this blog use news articles and news as springboard for further discourse, it does not claim to be a news blog where the ethics of balanced reporting applies. it is an opinion blog and opinions by their very nature takes a stand one way or the other.

    we also have authors here who are supporters of certain presidentiables.their views are obviously biased in favor of the presdientiable they support. we accept them as well.

    while the blog and its authors have their own views, as you can see, we allow comments of all sorts, even those that disagree with the views expressed here.

    it will be up to the reader to take sides.

  4. marie
    October 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    well, i’ll vote for him! I saw him work, unlike that man in yellow who only talks and talks and did nothing… i’m still searching for a bill passed by him!

    • mia
      February 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

      I wont vote for gibo his tuta!! avoid voting for sobra talino presindentiable coz they can manipulate the country again enoughed for GMA ad!! wake up people!! dont let those gibo and villar eat ur taxes!!

  5. November 10, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I saw how Gibo work. Like keeping himself silent in the midst of innocent killings and missing people.

    Aside from his tv ads, there goes his tarpaulines along Espana Avenue that says “Gibo Pinuno” and in small lettering “Pangulo sa 2010.” Nice one.

    Trapo ka gibo trapo ka!

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