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.