Transcript of interview with Villar on C5 expose

Transcript of interview with Sen. Manny Villar

Q: May twelve signatures na ang Committee of the Whole on the ethics case against you.

Villar: Hindi naman ako nagugulat doon dahil talaga namang inaasahan na natin na ganoon ang mangyayari. Kaya nga noong una pa lamang, hindi na sumali ang Minorya dito sa committee hearings na ito dahil sa talagang inaasahan naming na tapos na, meron nang konklusyon. Kapag tiningnan mo ang mga bumoto ng laban sa akin, sila ang mga miyembro ng Liberal Party, Pwersa ng Masa na mga kalaban naman natin sa pulitika, sa pagkapangulo at mga dating pangulo sa pagkapangulo. Maliwanag naman talaga na bias lahat pero nililiwanag ko lang na malaking kasinungalingan ang lahat ng iyan. Hindi ko nga alam kung saang panaginip nakuha iyong P6 billion, P200 million lang dati iyon. Subalit nasagot ko nang isa-isa iyan. Nasa internet na lahat iyan, may website tayo, dini-distribute ko lahat ng sagot namin dito sa C-5. Ang C-5 ay isang napakagandang proyekto, 6 milyon na Pilipino ang directly nakikinabang diyan sa Las Pinas, Paranaque, Cavite. Napakagandang proyekto iyan, finally natapos na yung pinakahuling parte ng C-5. Pinagmamalaki nating project iyan. Bagaman hindi totoo na akin lamang ang project na iyan dahil sa talagang iyan ay DPWH. Kaya yung kine-claim na sa atin lang iyan, gusto ko mang angkinin iyan ay hindi pwede, sa DPWH iyan. Pangalawa, double insertion, pauli-ulit naman ito. Nasagot ko na lahat ito, walang double insertion. Mismong ang Senate president ang nagsabi na hindi puwede. Mismong si Yolly Doblon ng LBRMO ang witness na sinubpoena nila, nagsabi na walang double insertion. Kaya nagtataka ako kung bakit nang lumabas ang report ay hindi nabanggit iyon. Ang nakakapagtaka, lahat ng witness na sila ang nag-imbita, wala kami doon, ang abugado nila ang nagtatanong, silang dalawa lang ng abugado ang nag-uusap doon. Subalit lahat ng witness na pinatawag nila, wala ni isa ang nagsabi na ako ay may kasalanan. Si Mrs. Lala ng DPWH, sinabi na walang realignment, definite. Si Mrs. Bacod, sinabi definitely na walang overprice. At tinanong siya kung papagawin siya ng report, iyon uli ang report na gagawin, ang sabi niya oo. Walang realignment sabi ng DPWH, walang overprice sabi ni Mrs. Bacod, walang double insertion, ag sabi ni Yolly Doblon. Nagsabi ng totoo ang lahat na wala akong kasalanan. Kaya nagulat kami na biglang may kasalanan na ako ngayon at nag-imbento pa ng halaga. Kaya maliwanag naman ito, pulitika lang ito. Nakahanda akong sagutin ang lahat ng katanungan, sinasabi nila na ayaw ko sumagot. Pagod na pagod na ako sa kasasagot. Nagpainterbyu na nga ako sa artista para mapanood lang ang aking sagot sa C-5. Panay na ang pa-interview ko, sa internet, handouts, dinala ko lahat ng media sa C-5. Ipinakita ko ang dalawang daan.

Q: Ipinapasoli ang P6 billion…

Villar: Yung pinapasoli, nakakatawa. Unang-una, may penalty ba na ganoon? Wala akong alam na penalty na ganun sa Ethics. Yung pagsoli, hindi ko alam kung saan naimbento iyan. Anyway, kapag pinapasoli, parang sinasabi na walang silbi ang C-5. Palagay ko baka taga-Forbes Park ang nagsabi nun kasi ang C-5 ay napakahalaga. 6 milyon na mga kababayan namin ang makikinabang directly sa Las Pinas, Paranaque, Cavite. Napakahalaga sa amin na matapos ito. Grabe ang trapik. Kaya masayang-masaya ang lahat kapag ito ay kumpletong magagamit. Kaya yung isosoli, para mong sinabing ang C-5 ay nasayang. Pangalawa, ano ba iyang P6 bilyon na iyan, hanggang ngayon hindi ko maisip kung saan nanggaling iyon. Baka kako ang gumawa noon ay mana ang iniisip kaya napalaki.

Q: Gumastos ba ang government nang ganun kalaki?

Villar: Napakalayo ng halaga na iyan sa nagastos ng gobyerno. At saka ang pangyayari, pinapaghalo ang toll road sa C-5. Ang C-5, maski pa mula UP ay walang bayad iyan. Ang toll road, may bayad. Ang toll road ay tuloy pa rin, hindi sayang iyon. Hindi pa lamang natatapos dahil iyan ay isang pribadong transaksyon. Kaya yung right of way na kinuha ko noon hindi nasasayang iyan at hindi naman nila binayaran yun kaya walang ibabalik. Yung TRB nga hindi pa rin kami binayaran, okay lang iyon. Kaya ano ang ibabalik mo, hindi naman sila nagbabayad?

Q: Parang ang gusto nila ay sa plenary mo sagutin.

Villar: Wala pa ang report. Pero ang totoo niyan, 20 hearings na, 5 TWG (technical working group), pwera pa yung privilege speeches, sobrang dami na. Dalawang taon na akong binibira dito, pagod na pagod na ko nang kasasagot. Alam naman natin na ang gusto lamang nilang mangyari ay dahil eleksyon ngayon at ang survey ay ginagawa ngayon kaya gusto nilang palabasin ngayon ito. Kaya inuulit ko sa lahat na handa akong sagutin. Sa lahat po nang nagsasabi na hindi ko kayang sagutin ito, lahat po kaya kong sagutin.

Q: Duwag daw kayo sabi ni JPE.

Villar: Palagay ko ang pagtakbo sa pagkapresidente ay nangangailangan ng katapangan dahil sa dami ng problemang haharapin. At kapag tiningnan mo ang aking buhay, makikita mo naman na hindi tayo duwag na tao. Tayo ay pinanganak sa Tondo bagaman tayo ay mahirap ay hindi tayo natatakot kaninuman. Kaya lamang hindi ako palaaway dahil nasanay na ako na ako ay nagtatrabaho, wala naman akong minana.

Q: Magpi-privilege speech kayo?

Villar: Yes, definitely at the right time. Hindi ko muna alam kung ngayon o sa darating na panahon. Subalit definitely kapag may report na, sasagutin ko iyan. Unang-una nais ko lang i-correct ang impresyon na hindi ako sumasagot. Nandoon kayo nung sumagot ako, sinagot ko lahat ng tanong. Akala lang kasi nila ay napakahaba ng sagot, maikli lang ang sagot. Simple lang kasi ito. Ito ay makakatulong sa bayan. Ang proyektong ito ay napakahalaga sa bayan. Ito ang kailangan natin.

Q: How do you feel na si Sen. Pangilinan ay pumirma din?

Villar: Masakit din iyon bilang isang kaibigan. Kahit paano ay masakit din. Kaya lang syempre, sumusunod siya sa Liberal Party, iyon ang posisyon ng LP kaya walang magagawa.

Q: Nag-usap ba kayo after that?

Villar: Hindi pa. Pero ganyan talaga iyan kapag eleksyon na, syempre naglilinyahan na ang mga tao. At nakita ko na lahat sa kabila ay sama-sama sa C-5, dito sa kabila, ako lang ang kandidato for president.

Q: Magkaibigan pa rin kayo?

Villar: Oo naman. Bagaman syempre kapag kaibigan, mas masakit iyon.

Q: Bakit po wala kayo kahapon?

Villar: Na-late ako, nag-adjourn na.

Q: May impression na may attempt na ma-oust si SP Enrile para ma-prevent ang pagtalakay sa report?

Villar: Wala naman. Mali naman iyon. Itong committee hearings na ito, kahit hindi kami nag-participate dito ay tapos na itong konklusyon na ito noon pa. Alam na namin ito.

Q: The insinuation that the attempt came from your camp…

Villar: Mali naman iyon. Alam mo kapag malapit nang mag-adjourn napakarami nang coup. Kapag nagsisimula na ang sesyon, may mga rumored na coup. Normal na normal iyan. Ako bilang dating pangulo ng Senado at Speaker of the House, normal iyan.

Q: Magpa-file daw ng plunder case…

Villar: Wala akong kaproble-problema diyan sa plunder case. Malaking kasinungalingan iyon at maliwanag na iyan ay publicity lamang.

Q: Malaking dagok ba ito sa kampanya ninyo especially because tumataas kayo sa survey?

Villar: Hindi naman. Hindi ako nababahala dito, nalalaman ng tao na may crab mentality ang mga Pilipino, kung sino ang nagtatrabaho, siya ang sinisiraan. Sa palagay ko, gusto lamang pagtakpan ng mga naninira sa akin na walang silang nagawa sa kanilang mga lupa. Yung iba kahit barangay road, walang naitayo.

Villar and the plot for Senate Presidency vs Enrile


The Plot
http://www.ellentordesillas.com/?p=9185

Now, that the specter of a failure of elections is becoming more and more real, the senate presidency becomes a crucial position.

Under the law on succession, in case of a vacancy in the presidency, the vice president takes over. If the VP is unable to assume the presidency, next in line is the senate president and then the speaker of the House of Representatives. If the there is no one qualified, Congress shall pass a law to provide who shall serve as acting president until the president or vice president shall have been elected and qualified.

But what if no winner is declared for the national positions by June 30, 2010., when Gloria Arroyo’s stolen presidency ends? There would be no Congress to pass the law. The remaining 12 senators would not consitute a quorum to elect a senate president because the current senate president, Juan Ponce Enrile, is up for re-election,

There would a political vacuum and that’s very dangerous. Enrile had mentioned the possibility of a military takeover.

Lito Banayo, in his column in Malaya last Wednesday, mentioned a plot to depose Enrile and install a pro-Gloria senate president who would serve as acting president. Joker Arroyo? Edgardo Angara? Manny Villar? (Come to think of it,Villar’s term for senator is still up to 2013. If he loses the presidency, he goes back to the Senate.)

Part of Banayo’s column:

“So … your Doña will choose a new Senate President?” I said. (The Senate is a continuing body. Juan Ponce Enrile is now third in the line of succession, but he may not have been proclaimed a re-elected senator by then.)

“Yes, po”, suddenly sounding deferential, “pero balita ko po naayos na ni Manny Villar ang mga boto.”

I did quick mental calculations, and drew some kind of matrix on a paper napkin. SP-JPE was elected on the basis of a coalition of two Liberals, namely Mar and Pong Biazon, plus Ping and Jamby, plus NPC’s Chiz and Loren, plus the administration’s Edong, Migs, and Bong, plus PMP’s Jinggoy, quasi-independent Dick Gordon, plus Gringo and JPE himself. Noynoy wanted to join his fellow LP’s, but in deference to his ailing mother whose term JPE at the time wanted to cut short, he decided to abstain. When the majority of 13 had been cobbled, Miriam rhymed in even if she had recused herself earlier, and so did Lapid, both of whom the new majority tolerated just to fortify their flanks. A motley group indeed.

On the other side, the Villar corner, remained the siblings Cayetano, plus Joker, plus Nene, plus Kiko, a Liberal Party member who identified better with the Wednesday Dining Society. The scorecard: 15-6-2 (One abstention in the case of Noynoy plus Trillanes in the brig).

But things have changed. Loren is now with Villar, although presumably Kiko will at last be loyal to the LP, which somehow neutralizes Loren’s volte face.

Which makes a fulcrum out of Bong and Lapid, both running under the PaLaKa ticket, plus Miriam who’s also with Villar, plus Jinggoy, plus Dick who’s also running for president, plus Edong and Migs.

Okay. Bong, Lito, Jinggoy, Miriam, Dick, Edong and Migs removed from JPE is 15 minus 7 equals 8. Those seven, added to the Cayetanos, plus Joker and Nene, plus Loren, and Villar, mismo, equals — 14! The magic number. And even if Noynoy this time wants to cast a vote for the status quo, so what?

But will Migs bite, and be with Nene in the same tent? What about Dick, who styles himself as too much of an independent?

“I do not know the “who” specifics. I just know there is a plot, and I was told that it’s a go. So apparently, Villar and my Doña have the numbers all sewn up,” he stated. “As you can see, my Doña wants to appoint the next Chief Justice. She is covering all the bases. Honestly, this is way too much,” he added.

“Oh, and by the way, Ping might not even be able to vote for JPE. You know…Dacer-Corbito”, he further said.

Suddenly I recalled what I saw in Friday night’s late newscast. It was reported that Carina Dacer, one of Bubby’s heiresses, was preparing to add Erap in the Dacer-Corbito charge sheet. But, they would rather watch what happens in the “trial” of Ping Lacson.

Aha! Twisting the rope into a noose! That just might explain why Jinggoy was included in the “swing” list. If Erap’s freedom is on the line, can the son be far away from becoming an acquiescent instrument to the plot?

“But who will be selected as the next SP?” I half-knowingly asked, “and the deed must be consummated by February 5.”

It has to be one who could stay as senator till 2013, which means Joker? Edong? Or Villar, mismo! Bingo!

Who, of course, is just between La Doña and El Villar to transact, with Erap’s head on the dock.

Now, if you were the Doña, who would you trust more — lawyers Joker and Edong who can be wily and wilier, or someone who has already thrown in billions towards an election where the votes may not even be counted?

Gibo on new governance, Con-Ass, Arroyo, Danding and Lucio Tan

Ruling party candidate Gilberto Teodoro wants constitutional change to reform governance
http://raissarobles.com/2009/12/01/314ruling-party-candidate-gilberto-teodoro/
December 1, 2009 | Posted by raissa robles

Forming a unicameral legislature, that would in effect scrap the Philippine Senate, tops Gilberto Teodoro’s presidential agenda.
Gilberto Teodoro with his Xavier University classmates who promise to help him win – photo by Raissa Robles

Gilberto Teodoro with his Xavier School classmates who promise to help him win – photo by Raissa Robles

The 45-year-old defense secretary told Asian Dragon magazine that he was running for the nation’s highest office “because a lot of people want me to become president (and) I think I can do some other things before I quit public service.”

The slender, six-foot tall Teodoro exudes confidence and an easy charm that seems to project only one message — “believe in me, I’m the one.”

“I’d like to reform society, transform the political structure, reform public governance, to put it that way,” he said.

Apparently realizing that the phrase “reform society” sounded too much like buzz words from the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos, he shifted gears and said, “Not society but public governance.”

Teodoro believes constitutional change is key to securing the nation’s political and economic future: “It’s the only thing that should be done. Public governance. We must transform. If not, we would just be in the same system as now. Forget it.”

Among the 2010 presidential candidates, Teodoro is alone in aggressively pushing it as his main platform of government. His proposals are similar to those being pushed without success by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the House of Representatives, which she has dominated.

One charter revision Teodoro is batting for is the partial lifting of the ban on foreign land ownership. His advocacy was borne out of his experience as a congressman of nine years and as a defense secretary for two years.

“I do not want a strictly presidential (form of government); it does not work in this country. And a bicameral presidential does not work,” he said. “It (the structure) could be parliamentary, (it) depends on the sense of the Constitutional Convention,” which he would ask Congress to convene immediately if he wins.

The bottom line is, “I’d like a more synergistic structure” in which there is “unity of effort, of cooperation” between and among those who make the laws and those who implement them.

He’s familiar with how a unicameral legislature works. For eight years since he was 14, his mother Mercedes served as an assemblywoman at the unicameral Batasang Pambansa that Marcos created in 1978 to lend his dictatorship a veneer of democracy.

Teodoro regrets the day his late aunt, former President Corazon Aquino, threw out Marcos’ 1973 Constitution and replaced it with a “reactionary” charter. “I’ve studied the (1987) Constitution for a long, long time,” he said. “It looks back. It just corrected everything… Marcos did. It did not provide a mechanism for the future.”

Teodoro believes Marcos was “wrong in declaring martial law” even though his uncle, businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuanco, was part of Marcos’ inner circle. Cojuangco heads the National People’s Coalition, of which Teodoro was a member before he bolted to join the Administration’s Lakas and be its standard bearer.

He said martial law “just prolonged the agony.” Marcos should have simply waited for the Constitutional Convention, in which Teodoro’s mom was a delegate helping draft a new charter. “And if the Constitutional Convention completed its work, (and) the Constitution was properly ratified, we would have had a good Constitution in 1973, except for the economic provisions.”

Asked if he could turn out like Marcos who was elected president at 47, Teodoro replied, “People have experienced what Marcos had done.” Besides, he added, “I’m a different person.”

“Marcos had a very, very strong sense of history. I don’t share that… I don’t keep a diary. I’m not that kind of a leader,” he said. “I’m a consensus builder leader. I’m not a dictator unless there’s something that has already been agreed upon and I need to enforce it.”

“I don’t intend to be a Roman conqueror. I intend to do what I can, contribute what I can, then go while I’m still young,” he said.

Teodoro’s political career started when he was just 15 when he was elected as a youth representative to Congress and as a member of the Kabataang Barangay. “I tasted power,” he said.

“But when Marcos was ousted, my mother lost her position; my father resigned (as administrator of the private pension fund, Social Security System).” It was, he added, an experience that has served him well because it was a reminder that “all these are just temporary.”

He said he wanted to retire young from politics and just “read the Scriptures” or become a consultant. He even said he would cut his presidential term short if demanded by a new constitution. But he said he didn’t need to put any of that in writing.

He said a master of laws degree he got from Harvard University gave him a democratic, non-protectionist bent. This was also why he switched from his Uncle Danding’s NPC to Arroyo’s Lakas. NPC was “very protectionist” in business. Lakas-Kampi had a “centrist, democratic, humanist ideology,” which matched his own beliefs.

He rejected the notion he was committing political suicide by being backed by the highly unpopular Arroyo.

In Washington last September, when asked what he thought of Arroyo being charged for graft, he said: “We have to put a stop to the politics of vengeance. I choose to look forward. Dispensing justice is the job of the judicial authorities. If a president dips his fingers in the prosecution of someone, especially if this was is his political enemy, that’s vengeance. When he does that, he’ll be spending 60 percent of his time looking over his shoulder that this will not happen to him too.”

When asked by Asian Dragon whether as a lawyer he found any basis for charging Arroyo of any wrongdoing, he said “that’s an inappropriate question to ask a Cabinet member of the president.”

When told he was being asked because he was a presidential candidate, he said it was “still inappropriate.”

Even after resigning from her Cabinet his lips would still be sealed by an “attorney-client relationship. And I don’t care about popular tendencies or politics just to fling those relationships to the ground. I’m not the kind of person who does that.”

Similarly, he would be hands off with the ill-gotten wealth cases of Lucio Tan and his uncle Danding because he defended both while working for seven years with the law office of Estelito Mendoza, who was a solicitor general of the Marcos regime.

When reminded that Arroyo did not display such qualms with President Joseph Estrada whom she served as social welfare secretary, he replied, “I don’t know. When I’m faced with the situation I’ll make the appropriate decision.”

He complained that the media nag him about it. “Every day when I get out, that’s the first question asked of me. I’ll answer it the same way: At end of the day, if Filipino people feel they’re voting for the past rather than for the future, then this country is not going to get
anywhere,” he told Asian Dragon.

This statement was applauded by several former schoolmates from Xavier School who were present during the interview and who were campaigning for him.

“He’s very upright. He’s the one guy that won’t be influenced,” one of them said. He recalled that in grade five, “Gibo” as he was already called, told him he wanted to be president some day. Teodoro could not recall saying that.

Teodoro’s defection to Lakas has set tongues wagging about a rift between himself and Uncle Danding, who is his mother’s brother and who was also his ninong (godfather) during his baptism and marriage.

“They can speculate all they want,” he said, insisting that they remained on good terms. He said he did not consult his uncle about his career move and Cojuangco did not congratulate him when he became Lakas standard bearer “because our professional and personal (relations) are separate.”

He denied that Cojuangco was out to punish him by fielding someone else against his wife, Monica, also known as Nikki, in the congressional polls next year. Sources earlier said the young couple earned Cojuangco’s ire when Monica refused to give way to Cojuangco’s anointed candidate. Teodoro said there was no truth to that, saying, “The running of my wife was (endorsed by) all the elective officials of Tarlac and with the consent of the governor (Victor) Yap and my uncle (Cojuangco).”

Teodoro’s statements would have laid the matter to rest if Cojuangco himself did not publicly speak out and say, “One my nephews left (the party) even if we did not ask him to leave. It only means that we are of no consequence to him. So why should that be a bother to me?”

Lakas’ backing, however, has barely lifted his tail-end rating in the presidential surveys. Analysts predicted that his poor showing as the anti-disaster czar during the two recent typhoons would further sink his chances.

Still, hope springs that the mammoth machinery of the ruling party will carry Teodoro to victory. (I wrote this for Asian Dragon magazine, which also permitted me to post it on my blog. My interview was conducted with Teodoro just before the deadly typhoon Ketsana [Ondoy] struck Metro Manila and long before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced her run for Congress. When Teodoro filed his candidacy for president today, he silently dropped constitutional change as the center of his platform of government. He did not say why.}

Gibo on corruption, Ondoy, Maguindanao — is he ready to lead?

Is Gibo Teodoro Ready To Lead?
http://www.thepoc.net/commentaries/3791-is-gibo-teodoro-ready-to-lead.html
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 09:00 PM Cocoy

This is Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro. Casually dressed. Relaxed. Confident. Intelligent. He was a member of congress and served as defense secretary. He is a licensed commercial pilot, and a reserve colonel of the Philippine Air Force. A quick appraisal of Gibo Teodoro is a man with apparent depth and intelligence. Accompanied by his charming and equally accomplished wife, Tarlac first district representative, Monica “Nikki” Prieto-Teodro, one doesn’t need to imagine how picturesque they are: power couple.

Are the Teodoros too good to be true?

The opening minutes of blogwatch’s recent interview with him was a telltale sign of who Gibo Teodoro is. He decisively put an end to the “Posible” commercial controversy that was hunting his campaign. The speech, the mannerism sought to evoke the idea that he is experienced that he is a leader and he commands.

It seemed like a good start. The question before us of course is simply, “who is Gibo Teodoro?”

Gibo is pedigree. The son of former Marcos-era SSS boss Teodoro Sr., and Batasang Pambansa member Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro. He went on to study with the Jesuit run, Xavier school, then off to De La Salle University for a bachelor’s degree in Commerce before entering UP Law and completing a master’s degree with Harvard Law School.

At an early age the young Teodoro had sowed the seeds for a life in politics by becoming president of the Central Luzon Kabataang Barangay president for five years and the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Tarlac.

Raissa Robles wrote that during Gibo Teodoro’s seven-year tenure working for the law office of Estelito Mendoza, he was lawyer for Lucio Tan and Danding Cojunanco’s ill-gotten wealth cases.

As of 2005, Gibo Teodoro’s galing at talino was worth 102 Million pesos.

Gibo Teodoro’s voting record included a yes for Fair Elections Act, and Electric Power Industry Reform Act as well as Automated Elections and Juvenile Justice Act. He had no vote for Anti-Money Laundering Act, Dual Citizenship Act, Tobacco Regulation Act, Meralco Franchise Act, and Government Procurement Act.

Mr. Teodoro during the 13th congress voted No, when the Anti-Terrorism Act was brought to a vote.

On issues of our time, Mr. Teodoro is for charter change even as he believes innovation is the key to up lift the economy. With regard to government debt, he says that it has shrunk from 70% to 37% of GDP, even while he is against the Reproductive Health bill.

Gibo Teodoro believes in student loans, as well as expanding education to be at par with global standards as well as campaign finance reforms.

Then came Teodoro’s stint as defense secretary, which I think is an important look as how ready he is to be president.

Two important things happened in recent memory that defined Mr. Teodoro’s stint as defense secretary. First there was Ondoy and Pepeng and then there was the Ampatuan Massacre.

An important question on his competence is addressed. Mr. Teodoro said that while he was in charge of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), and while he was Defense Chief, neither agency was actually equipped to provide the necessary infrastructure to conduct rescue. He cited an example if the Military was in charge of disaster relief, they would have to exchange buying military equipment for rubber boats. He said that is why it is important to have a separate disaster relief agency. That is why he said that the NDCC had too few resources to deploy.

Al Jazeera interviewed Gibo Teodoro which was posted on YouTube with regard to Ondoy. In that interview, Mr. Teodoro talked about budget constraints in procuring rubber boats in a country perennially visited by typhoons. My Teodoro has been insisting that he and the NDCC had done their best and that as Defense Secretary’s were tied. That buying rubber boats will take them away from their primary mission and that rubber boats is not within their budget.

While he takes full responsibility, is that an acceptable excuse?

I point you to Random Salt who wrote about Uncoordinated Disaster: the first forty-eight hours of Ondoy. He noted for example that before Ondoy made landfall, NDCC monitored developments and sent advisories. Deployments of assents he wrote in the first 48 hours were sporadic rather than strategic, or no deployment at all.

Here is a list of DSWD NROC releases to officials. (Chart version is here).

Let us assume for the sake of argument that indeed NDCC had no authority, as Mr. Teodoro claims. Knowing full well the effects of climate change has in the world. Knowing full well what happened when Typhoon Katrina, which occurred years before, why were changes not even recommended to the Philippines disaster preparation system before Ondoy?

There have been numerous studies on city development pre-Ondoy. In his video interview, Sec. Teodoro cited these studies. Where was this sipag, pre-Ondoy? Not even a whisper in Congress calling on them to fund NDCC better or to setup better disaster prevention.

Doesn’t NDCC conduct an audit of its capabilities? Have there been no preventive measures taken? The Philippines is visited by more than a dozen typhoons a year, isn’t it prudent that measures were at least recommended to forestall Ondoy-like tragedies or at the very least limit its effect?

Former Secretary Teodoro was in office for more than two 18 months. He was the man in charge of disaster relief and coordination. He should already have known where the weakness were in the system and a man who is hardworking (sipag) would have made it his mission to beef up the system, to make necessary changes or at the very least, make noise about it since it is his department to run.

The case of Ondoy clearly showed that Mr. Teodoro is not forward looking enough. Where was his “Galing at Talino” leading up to Ondoy then? Why is it that only now is Mr. Teodoro recommending the creation of a separate Disaster Relief Management Agency?

Why should the Filipino vote back into power, the Lakas Party? Why should the Filipino vote Teodoro when all he says is passing buck? Why should the Filipino vote Gibo to fix Manila to the tune of 280B when it was Teodoro’s NDCC that failed to foresee how tomorrow’s dangers are? When it is Teodoro’s boss and his political party colegues who have been delinquent?

It was also during his tenure as Defense Secretary that the Maguindanao Massacre occurred. At face value it may seem irrelevant to associate that blood with a defense secretary. Yet as head of the country’s Department of National Defense, surely he would have been briefed about the Ampatuan clan.

Ed Lingao quoted Jaileen Jimenco’s work “Amid the fighting, the clan rules in Maguindanao” in his work, “Putting Maguindanao in Context”:

“(Analysts) note that no less than the Palace made it legal for the Ampatuans to have hundreds of armed men and women under their employ. The 1987 Constitution bans private armed groups. In July 2006, however, the Arroyo Administration issued Executive Order 546, allowing local officials and the PNP to deputize barangay tanods as ‘force multipliers’ in the fight against insurgents. In practice, the EO allowed local officials to convert their private armed groups into legal entities with a fancy name: civilian volunteer organizations (CVO).”

As Defense Secretary with an insurgency being waged in Mindanao, surely he was well aware of these private armed groups.

In this Philippine Star article, it was noted that the President used PHP800M pesos worth of emergency fund for foreign trips. In a country where more than half a dozen typhoon visits the Philippines, why is this being practiced?

Most certainly, Gibo Teodoro cannot be blamed if his boss used whatever funds she has available. And yet, Mr. Teodoro is a close ally of the President. Yet he is a member of the political party that has been in power for the past decade. His boss has been in power for the past decade and he has not been vocal at all about what’s wrong with the Philippines. And if president, it will be his same party who will be in power for another six years.

Surprisingly, Mr. Teodoro in his interview with blogwatch.ph categorically said that he does not believe that there is a high level of corruption on the national level. Mr. Teodoro argues that corruption is an aspect. It is not the aspect.

In the World Bank book, “Poverty in the Philippines” it was mentioned that economic growth did not translate to poverty reduction in the Philippines even as Governance and Institutional constraints remain. These constraints still exist even after Teodoro’s party was in power for nine years.

The RPPA Study team of Cielito Habito, Ella Antonio, Danilo Songco, Roehlano Briones and Marian Roces submitted to the World Bank in June 2009, “Towards an Integrated Operation Framework for Rural Poverty Reduction in the Philippines.” They wrote that weakness in the Philippines’ dysfunctional governance manifested itself in graft and corruption; in the top down way decisions are made, in political interference and weak capabilities of both the national and local governments.

The Global Competitive Index 2009-2010 ranks the Philippines at 113 out of 133 nations for the state of its institutions. The same report states that the most problematic factor for doing business in the Philippines is corruption followed at close second by the inefficiency of government bureaucracy, inadequate supply of infrastructure, and then policy instability.

As Bocchi noted in Rising Growth, Declining Investment: The Puzzle of the Philippines, the Philippines must lower its debt to GDP ratio, to have greater income it must strengthen its tax collection and restrain non-priority expenditures. How then to improve tax collection but to clean house?

Bill Clinton called it, “incapacity”. Tim Hardford wrote about “why poor countries are poor.” He said that when people’s interest take on actions that directly or indirectly damage everyone else’s, incentives to create wealth then fail. That sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Does Gibo Teodoro understand the complex problem of the Philippines?

Doubt has really cast on my mind if there is Galing at Talino.

For example, Rochelle asked, “Why Gibo Teodoro changed his mind on the RH Bill,” It could be summed up to “what good is fighting for something knowing the effort would fail?” Rochelle added that Teodoro’s stance is simply to do nothing and wait until everything is out of control.

Is that how he will be as president?

Are we asking too much? Have we raised the bar so high that it is impossible to assess if this man is fit for president?

Gilbert Teodoro has time and again said that he will run a positive campaign. That he will not throw mud against his political rivals. That should he be president that is how he will bind our nation’s wounds. Character.

What I take from that statement is that he will form a government of consensus. His leadership will be about putting the many discrete factions of our society together.

When Gibo Teodoro talked with blogwatch about Mindanao, clearly he understands that we need Mindanao to be free of conflict so that we could start producing rice there. Clearly, he knows that given the constraints the national budget as, we need to raise revenue. Clearly, he knows that the way to the future is to improve, and bring our educational system to be at par with the rest of the world, to have a multilingual society. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo too knows the same things.

Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro is running with the tag, “galing at talino.” Gibo Teodoro like Manny Villar brand themselves as the experts. Gibo was “very galing” at figuring out Ondoy. It was during his watch that we lost several billions of pesos and several priceless lives. Decades of infrastructure failure, of course is not his fault. His mistake was not assessing the dangers as NDCC chief and did not even try to change the system months before and a better man who have resigned his post then and there.

It is easy now to note that Metro Manila would take 280 Billion to rebuild. It is easy to say that generations of shanties along side our rivers be removed. It is easy to say that zoning would have to be made and it is very easy that some people might get hurt along the way. Some people will have to take the burden.

It is far easier to ask the Filipino to make sacrifices. What Mr. Teodoro fail to realize is that our leadership must show good will first then you will find our people far more understanding at the sacrifices that they must carry.

Ten years of Arroyo’s and the Lakas Party’s leadership and they have little to show for it save, our nation is still standing. Gibo Teodoro is not Arroyo but he is her representative, the party standard bearer. His association with Arroyo cannot be conveniently be forgot.

I’m not even going to touch on whether or not Gibo Teodoro can be his own man and stay outside of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s shadow post election day, should he be president.

Gibo Teodoro, Manny Villar and Gloria Arroyo talk a good game. They’re the experts. The experts will cost taxpayers 280B to rebuild Manila. The experts cost the taxpayers 6.22B that could have been used for something else. That’s just for starters.

As I noted from Rochelle’s post regarding Gibo Teodoro’s stance on Reproductive Health Bill, it is like saying if you cannot pass a bill then he won’t even try? If he just gives up and gives in? Is that how it will be when he’s president?

Gibo Teodoro can talk a good game. It is easy to be swayed by Gibo Teodoro’s words. He comes across as a really smart and good guy. I suppose you can judge for yourself what the details tell you. Perhaps, the best indicator as to whether or not Gibo Teodoro is ready to lead comes from the man himself. He said during his blogwatch interview, “you can have the best laid plans, but the devil is in the details.” The devil is in the details indeed.