Monday, February 15, 2010

Flying high with Gibo

Gibo Teodoro, the pilot, focuses on the future if seated as President in May 2010. Another advocate of positive campaigning, his advertisements also have catchy tunes, thanks to Rivermaya and Rico Blanco. "Sulong Gibo" and "Posible" attract the attention of the younger voters. Plus, he outlines his deliverables: food security, college education, free medicine. He does not have the rags to riches story of Manny Villar that the masses have a penchant for; but he seems to have the chops to lead, based on his experiences in his youth and his achievements in public office. He promises to use galing at talino to bring progress to Filipinos.

His ratings in the surveys are now on their way up, being behind Aquino and Villar; if he plays his cards right, he just might have a chance to win the presidency. I don't think he will have trouble in getting the votes of the youth; rounds at the universities and colleges would surely increase his name recall... specially since the Aquino charm has started to wear off from the common Pinoy months after the former President's death, those votes might transfer to him. Plus, his answers in debates really are impressive. And he is not one to dabble in issues that throw negative light on the competition (I don't think I've heard him say anything about the C5-Villar controversy, for example).

The only thing going against him is his connection with Malacanang, as the standard bearer of the current administration's party, and as a former Cabinet member of the current President. Citizens irked with PGMA would not like her party mates to remain in the top posts of government. These are the people Gibo has to convince that he will not be a PGMA; he has to persuade them to vote for him.

Party affiliation aside, he seems to be one great leader. I must say that he is one of the better candidates in this year's elections. 

To know more about Gibo, just click on the link.