Skip to main content

Teodoro seen to bolt NPC as political forces realign in 2009

By Jess Diaz
Philippine Star
Updated December 30, 2008 12:00 AM

I just dug this up from the archives, but still piping-hot news almost two weeks after it was reported. At nagtampo pa si Gilbert Teodoro sa uncle niya? If he wants to run as senator, maybe he has a chance -- of landing in the top 25 :-)

***

The start of the new year will most likely see a realignment of political forces in preparation for the combined presidential-congressional-local elections in May 2010.

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. will most likely leave the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and join the administration Lakas party together with his wife, Tarlac Rep. Nikki Prieto Teodoro.

Teodoro, who is eyeing the presidency, reportedly had a falling out with his uncle, billionaire businessman and NPC founder and principal financier Eduardo Cojuangco Jr.

He resents the fact that his uncle is leaning more towards NPC Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Loren Legarda than to him when it comes to 2010 presidential politics.

Cojuangco is eyeing either Escudero or Legarda as NPC standard-bearer in the coming elections.

In fact, House Speaker and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) president Prospero Nograles said the ruling party will not field weak candidates in the 2010 elections.

This early, the Speaker admitted that they are in serious talks with other political groups such as the NPC in an effort to strengthen its ranks in the 2010 elections.

However, the team to beat, according to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, a former Tarlac congressman and an NPC member, is the Escudero-Legarda tandem.

Lapus said it’s not yet clear whether it would be an Escudero-Legarda or Legarda-Escudero ticket.

“The surveys shortly before the 2010 elections will greatly influence the decision on who will be the presidential candidate,” he said.

During the NPC Christmas party, Cojuangco expressed hope that Escudero and Legarda would stick together.

“If they stay together, we will perhaps field a full senatorial ticket,” he said.

The two NPC senators are doing well in the surveys. Escudero, a neophyte senator unlike Legarda, has apparently set his sights on the presidency.

With Legarda’s declaration that she won’t run for vice president again, Escudero is reportedly exploring the possibility of having Sen. Mar Roxas as his running mate.


Roxas, president of the Liberal Party, is also eyeing the presidency. But he is not doing as well as Escudero and Legarda in the surveys.

Rep. Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan del Sur, another NPC stalwart, said an Escudero-Roxas ticket, “like an Escudero-Legarda slate, would be exciting.”

“Both Chiz and Mar are young. They will complement each other. Chiz is a brilliant lawyer. Mar is a bright Wharton-educated economist and finance man. Chiz is from Luzon, while Mar is from the Visayas,” he said.

Plaza was among the NPC leaders from Mindanao who attended the Dec. 15 Christmas party.

Yes!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Heart of Summer, a short story

On the first day of April, we moved to a row house in a subdivision carved out of the Antipolo hills. A row house is a nice word for houses that somehow managed to fit into 120-square-meter lots. They looked like matchboxes, really, built near the riverbank. The larger houses, of course, stood grandly at the center of the village, in front of the chapel. We’d be renting the house from the mayor’s mistress, one of three houses she owned there.

The living room of the house spilled over into the kitchen. The house only had two tiny rooms, but it was enough for us. The owner of the apartment we had been renting in Project 4 wrote to us (in pink stationery with the letterhead “Dr. Antonina Raquiza, Ph. D.”) to say that she’d raise the monthly rent to five thousand. If we couldn’t agree to her new terms, we’d have two months to leave. Mama glared at the letter, then said something obscene about our landlady’s father. A day later, she began poring over the ads, looking for cheaper rent in …

A teacher's tales

by Danton Remoto
Remote Control
www.abs-cbn.com/news

I’ve been teaching for 22 years – the longest job I’ve had. This will be my last year of teaching. I will take sabbatical leave beginning April 2009 – a paid leave for one year that senior professors take every seven years, to sleep the sleep of the and come back to school fully energized. But in my case, I will not just sleep and read and gain weight. I will spend my sabbatical leave organizing Ang Ladlad’s campaign, and my own political campaign, for the May 2010 elections.

But because I stayed here longest, that means I love this job. I admire those who’ve spent 30, 40 years teaching without repeating themselves. They’ve taught for 30, 40 different years, not just one year repeated 30, 40 times. Teachers like the now-departed Dr. Doreen G. Fernandez and the retired, but still teaching, Professor Emmanuel “Eric” Torres come to mind. Both have taught with us at the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Doreen and Eric …

Review of "Pulotgata" The Love Poems"

This is a review of my book that I just read in the Internet today. It was written by Ralph Semino Galan of UST and was published in the Inquirer. It comes in two parts.

Honeymooning with Words, Part I
by Ralph Semino Galan

Love is a favorite subject among Filipino poets, regardless of gender. For despite the influx of modern and postmodern ideologies, the pervasive influence of the Romantic spirit is still prevalent in Philippine literature, especially in poetry. It therefore comes as no surprise that even a gay-identified writer like Danton Remoto has composed extensively verses expressing the intricacies of love and lust, desire and devotion, passion and compassion.

In his third book of poetry aptly titled "Pulotgata: The Love Poems" (Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc, 2004, 88 pages), Remoto delves the depths of the human heart through lyrics in English and Filipino that sing of the anxiety and the excitement, the agony and the ecstasy which accompany the act of love.

The …