I have been asked by some friends to vote Gibo Teodoro for President on May 10.
Here is my response.
I will concede that Gibo's conduct during the campaign has been laudable––he has stuck to the issues and kept harping on his platform, which is as it should be.
Matalino sya. Magaling magsalita. Dyan, walang duda.
His position on GMA's power to appoint the next CJ is commendable; he believes that the next president should appoint the next Chief Justice––a stand even more commendable because it contradicts the position taken by the Administration that has endorsed him.
I, however, cannot separate this from his previous actions.
As the Administration candidate, the assumption is that Gibo is the President's man––and this is, as pointed out by many, a real "kiss of death;" something that has probably doomed his chances of winning. But the fact is that there are reports that he's not; the "Villarroyo" tag has hounded Manny Villar so much that people now believe that it is Villar, not Gibo, who is the real Administration candidate.
Assuming that's true, why not Gibo?
(As an aside, I don't buy the argument that we shouldn't vote for someone who has no chances of winning. I say vote for the person you think is most deserving, period.)
Because the sitting President is HIS President. He CHOSE to join her Administration. Despite Hello Garci, the Bolante Fertilizer Scam, the NBN-ZTE issue, and a host of other issues hounding this Administration, he accepted the DND post offered by GMA.
One can argue that none of the charges against GMA were proven in court; but come on. As someone in politics, someone who's in the know, Gibo would know firsthand all the crap GMA and her husband are into. And yet he still joined her government.
Okay, let's say he's the type who needs proof of wrongdoing before damning a person, a lawyer who takes the precept "innocent till proven guilty" to heart; fine. But as a UP and Harvard-trained lawyer, how can he respect––much less join––a President who has shown such a contempt for the Rule of Law? So much so that her government repeatedly attempted to trample on our most basic rights (i.e., Executive Order No. 464, which had barred executive officials from testifying in congressional investigations without the express approval of the President; the so-called calibrated preemptive response policy of the Executive Department; and Presidential Proclamation No. 1017, which had declared a State of National Emergency in February 2006). Let's not even go into the extrajudicial killings that spiked during her term.
Alam nya walang respeto si GMA sa batas. Bilang alagad ng batas, anong ginawa ni Gibo? Sumapi ba sya sa oposisyon? Isinama ba nya ang boses nya sa mga boses ng mga abogado (tulad ng IBP, atbp.) na ikondema ang mga ilegal na patakaran at polisiya ni GMA?
Gibo chose to join this Administration. He chose to work for this President.
And that is why I can't vote for him.