Teodoro to maintain principled fight
By Paolo Romero
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – With elections just two weeks away, administration presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro vowed to focus on positive issues.
Teodoro said he would not yield to pressures to engage in dirty campaigning just to boost his ratings.
Teodoro said he would stay the course to campaign positively instead of engaging in a word war like that between frontrunners Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar.
Teodoro though admitted he had issues of his own to contend with, particularly the defections of key leaders of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD to the NP and LP.
Spokesman Mike Toledo pointed out that since the campaign started in February, Teodoro has never resorted to “dirty campaigning or black propaganda” and maintained his positive campaign that presented his platform of government.
“We are waging a principled fight and we hope to elevate the level of campaigning and political discourse in the country,” Toledo said.
“It’s better to campaign by educating the public, the voters, instead of telling them how bad another candidate is. Filipinos are intelligent enough anyway to know who could be a good and a bad president.”
President Arroyo on Monday called on her party mates to “stick together” in the homestretch of the campaign. Surveys have consistently shown Aquino in the lead, followed by Villar and former President Joseph Estrada. Teodoro has been placing fourth in the surveys.
Administration senatorial candidate Raul Lambino said the move of President Arroyo to consolidate the ruling party has further increased the chances of Teodoro in the last few weeks of the campaign.
“We still have enough number of local candidates to back up Gibo. And these are no ordinary candidates, these are the people who could deliver votes for Gibo and the rest of the administration national candidates,” Lambino said.
This developed as political clans in Northern Luzon expressed their full support for Teodoro.
The Northern Alliance in the House of Representatives comprised of lawmakers in the regions of Ilocos provinces, Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera denied reports of shifting alliances from the ruling party. – With Jaime Laude, Charlie Lagasca