Who Is Gilbert Teodoro? Meet Gilbert Teodoro – Newly, and perhaps the latest announced presidentiable on the May 2010 race is Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro. But who is Gilbert Teodoro? Where was he when other presidentiables were hot and trying to be hot?
Mr. Gilbert Teodoro has beaten (Metro Manila Development Authority) MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando to be the their party’s standard bearer. (Lakas-Kampi) This happened despite Bayani’s early efforts and display of presidential interests.
Teodoro spent his elementary and high school years at Xavier School. Shortly after completing high school, he was elected President of the Kabataang Barangay for Tarlac in 1980 and concurrently assumed Presidency of the Kabataang Barangay for Central Luzon until 1985. He also became a member of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Tarlac from 1980 to 1986.
Teodoro 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. 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.
From 1998 to 2007 he was a congressman representing the First District of Tarlac province. He assumed the position of Assistant Majority Leader in the 11th Congress and head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition House members. He was also a member of the House contingent to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.
Following his three terms in office—the maximum number allowed by the constitution—he was succeeded by his wife, Monica Prieto-Teodoro.
Secretary of National Defense
Teodoro was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense in August 2007 at the age of 43, the youngest person to ever hold the position.
During his tenure as Defense Secretary, he appeared in a cameo role as himself in the soap opera Tayong Dalawa.
2010 presidential candidate
In March 2009 he announced his intention to run for President of the Philippines in the May 2010 election. A year earlier, he quit his old party Nationalist People’s Coalition to join the merged administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD and cast his name in the ruling party’s contenders for the 2010 elections.
On September 16, 2009, voting 42-5 through secret balloting, the executive committee of Lakas-Kampi officially selected Teodoro as their party’s presidential standard bearer for the May 2010 elections, edging out the other nominee, MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando. The announcement was made by Lakas-Kampi Secretary General Gabriel Claudio after a deliberation that lasted for approximately an hour.