Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Profile Election 2010
Name: Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo “Gilbert”/”Gibô” Cojuangco Teodoro Jr.
Birthdate: June 14, 1964
Father: Gilberto Teodoro, Sr
Mother: Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro
- Gilbert Teodoro is an only child, the cousin of Noynoy Aquino and the nephew of Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr., chairman of San Miguel Corporation.
- His mother Mercedes Cojuangco is the first cousin former President Corazon Aquino, both families have always been on different sides of the political fence since the 1960′s.
- During the time of then strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Teodoro’s father served as Social Security System administrator while Noynoy’s father, the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. was a leading opposition leader.
- Gilbert Teodoro completed his grade school and high school education at Xavier School.
- Then he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1984.
- In 1989, he completed his law studies at the University of the Philippines, where he was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence.
- Also in the same year, he topped the Philippine Bar exams.
- For seven years, he honed his skills as a lawyer in the EP Mendoza Law firm. He went to the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for his Master of Laws and completed it in 1997.
- He was also admitted to the State Bar of New York during the same year.
- Gilbert Teodoro entered politics in 1998 a year after finishing his Masters of Law in the US.
- He served three terms as representative of the first district of Tarlac and was assistant minority leader in the 11th Congress.
- He is best remembered not for the bills he authored, but for the political moves that he either initiated or supported in the House of Representatives.
- As a congressman, Teodoro has consistently supported efforts to amend the Constitution and voted against all moves to impeach President Arroyo.
- In 2007, at the age of 43, his loyalty paid off with GMA appointed him as a national defense secretary, the youngest ever to hold the national defense portfolio.
- As Department of National Defense chief, Teodoro pushed for reforms and called for more funds for the military’s modernization program.
- In 2009, he declared his intention to run for president and sought Mrs. Arroyo’s endorsement.
- His wife has said that there is nothing but the presidency for Teodoro.
- And though he continues to perform dismally in presidential surveys, Teodoro enjoys the support of a number of administration members, including governors and party leaders.
- With the administration machinery behind him, Teodoro is hoping to become the third national defense secretary to become president after Ramon Magsaysay in 1953 and Fidel V. Ramos in 1992