12 May Gibo Teodoro is Back! – Duterte Reserved a Cabinet Position for Him
It has been confirmed that Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro will join Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s cabinet once Duterte is elected as the 16th President of the Philippines.
Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Laviña confirmed this news as he has already talked to Teodoro, the former Defense Secretary under the Arroyo administration.
Laviña did not yet confirm on what position will be given to Teodoro as well as other details discussed during the meeting between Duterte’s camp and Teodoro.
Gilbert Cojuangco Teodoro is a cousin of President Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III. They both ran for Presidency in 2010 where Aquino won by a wide Margin. Gibo finished fourth behind Manny Villar.
Gibo obtained his undergraduate degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1985, later he then took and finished his Law studies at the University of the Philippines from 1985 to 1989. Gibo is bar top-notcher when he took the exam in 1997. He was also a former congressman in the 1st district of Tarlac, and a certified Pilot.
“Duterte always had great respect for Gibo and wanted to support Gibo2010,” said in a previous interview with Duterte.
Duterte himself once endorsed Teodoro in 2014 that if Miriam-Defensor Santiago offers him to be her vice presidential running mate for 2016, he should accept it.
Duterte said, “He is a man of integrity and competence. And he would make a good Vice President of this republic. I know him.”
Duterte who aims to have a “powerhouse of experienced and competent” leaders for his Administration also includes other names that might assume positions under his Administration.
Aside from Teodoro, they are Jesus Dureza; Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez, Businessman Tomas Alcantara; Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. from a town in Bohol; Isidro Ungab, the outgoing congressman of the 3rd district of Davao City; and retired Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr.
Duterte wants more candidates for the available positions in his Cabinet, but one thing is for sure, Gibo Teodoro is back!