51 governors vow ‘highest votes’ to Teodoro
Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – In what could turn the tide in favor of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, 51 of the country’s 82 governors have formed a multi-party alliance and pledged to deliver “the highest possible number of votes” for the administration candidate in the May elections.
Signing a manifesto of support they adopted last week, the governors from the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) said their decision to support Teodoro was reached after thorough review of all the presidential candidates’ platforms of government, track record, and qualifications.
“Having completed our review, our candidate for President has to be ‘Gibo’ Teodoro and no other, and for whom we hereby commit ourselves to campaigning nationwide, among our local constituencies – our vice-governors, our board members, mayors, vice-mayors, councilors, barangay (village) captains and other local leaders— with the view to delivering to him the highest possible number of votes in our local areas,” they said in a joint manifesto.
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Elder Zubiri’s defection expected, says Teodoro
MANILA, Philippines—Administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro expressed no surprise on Tuesday at Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri’s defection to the camp of rival Senator Manuel Villar, Jr.
“At the start he was already wavering, so we expected that.… He has been blowing hot and cold,” Teodoro told reporters after speaking to a crowd of youth supporters in Barangay Calumpang in Marikina City.
When asked if the elder Zubiri would be expelled, the chair of the Lakas Kampi CMD said the party would take the “appropriate measures.”