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Profiles of the leading 7 candidates for Presidency in Philippine Elections 2009

Profiles of the leading 7 candidates for Presidency in Philippine Elections 2009

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Izar, Nikko Norman CudiamatEN113 MWF 10:30-11:30am CAS 306Mrs.AvillanozaBC4B
Profiles of the running for Presidency on Upcoming 2010 Elections:
Richard GordonGilbert TeodoroManny Villar Joseph Estrada Jamby MadrigalEddie VillanuevaNoynoy Aquino
Contents:Biography and AssetsPolitical AchievementsPlatforms for Philippine Government
Richard Gordon
He was born on August 5, 1945 to James Leonard Tagle Gordon and Amelia Juico Gordon, (who wereboth mayors of Olongapo City). In 1954, he completed his elementary education at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila and on 1962, he completed his secondary education at the Ateneo de ManilaUniversity. He stayed in Ateneo and completed his tertiary education, earning a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in History and Government in 1966. He was a student leader having been consistentlyelected president of his class. On 1975, he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Laws at theUniversity of the Philippines College of Law after taking a break in 1971 to run for the ConstitutionalConvention. Prior to that he topped the 1969 UP Student Council elections leading to the First QuarterStorm and joined the Upsilon Sigma Phi in 1968. From 1966 to 1967 he became a Brand Manager forProcter and Gamble Philippines. Towards the end of the 1960s, he helped his mother Amelia run thegovernment of Olongapo after his father James Leonard Gordon was assassinated. With the declarationof Martial Law after finishing his law degree and passing the bar, he became an Associate of ACCRALaw Offices.Achievements as government officialOn September 1991, Gordon led a nationwide rally for the retention of the U.S. Bases in thePhilippines. The U.S. naval base in Subic Bay was a major income generating client of Olongapo City. Inthe same year, Olongapo experienced the greatest volcanic cataclysm of the century when Mt.Pinatubo erupted and dumped 14 inches of wet ash on the City. However, the Philippine Senate voted12-11 to reject the extension of a bases treaty. Determined not to be defeated, Gordon and thecitizens of Olongapo fully mobilized and lobbied for 3 months to include the free port concept into theBases Conversion Act which hitherto had been hastily cobbled together without consulting the peopledirectly affected. They succeeded in their first unusual act of self-empowerment and volunteerismwhen the special provisions for the establishment of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone under the Subic BayMetropolitan Authority (SBMA) were included in R.A. 7227 in March 1992. On November 24, 1992, the
Izar, Nikko Norman CudiamatEN113 MWF 10:30-11:30am CAS 306Mrs.AvillanozaBC4B
U.S. Navy completed its withdrawal from the facility and its conversion for civilian and commercial usebegan. Volunteerism and the high civic spirit of the host community marked the pioneering efforts atconversion.SBMA & Subic Bay FreeportIn the 1992 local elections, Gordon won a landslide victory and was reelected as mayor of OlongapoCity. 1993, a citizen questioned Gordon's dual duty as mayor of Olongapo City and as chairman of theSubic Bay Metropolitan Authority. The Supreme Court decided that Gordon must hold one position.Gordon decided to vacate his position as Mayor and assumed the position of SBMA chairman in fullcapacity. In the 1995 local elections, his wife Katherine, a three term Congresswoman, was electedmayor of Olongapo. In the 1996 APEC Summit, 18 world leaders were impressed with the facility andSubic became a new investment hub in Southeast Asia[4]. Bluechip companies like FedEx Express,Enron, Coastal Petroleum now El Paso Corporation, Taiwan computer giant Acer and France telecomscompany Thomson SA invested US$2.1 Billion in the freeport reinvigorating the economy and creating70,000 jobs replacing those lost during the US Navy withdrawal.1998 forced removalDuring the late 1990s, Gordon became one of Joseph Estrada's vocal critics over differences on the USNaval Base. After winning by a large margin during the 1998 presidential elections, President Estradaissued Administrative Order No. 1 removing Gordon as Chairman of SBMA. Estrada appointed FelicitoPayumo, Gordon's critic and congressman of Bataan as new chairman. The removal process was noteasy. Hundreds of volunteers barricated the gates of SBMA and Gordon locked himself inside the SBMAAdministrative Office Building 229. The issue sparked the interest local and foreign press known as theShowdown at Subic. Gordon filed for a temporary restraining order before the local court. The localcourt of Olongapo granted Gordon's request but Payumo's party filed an appeal before the Court of Appeals. The CA reversed the local court's ruling and it was affirmed by the Supreme Court G.R. No.134171. With the Supreme Court decision, Gordon called Payumo and turned over the reins of SBMA atthe Subic Bay Yacht Club two months later on 3 September 1998. Together with the Subic volunteers,they cleaned up the facility.Philippine National Red Cross and Department of TourismSince 1986, Gordon was elected as governor of the Philippine National Red Cross, taking active roles inrescue, relief and rehabilitation in various disasters from shipwrecks, typhoons, 1990 earthquake inCabanatuan, 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, 2004 landslides in Aurora, Quezon and 2006Ginsaugun, Southern Leyte mudslide and the PhilSports Arena stampede. Currently he is the chairmanas well as a Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross. On January 2001, Gordon actively participated in the second EDSA Revolution that led to the removal of  Joseph Estrada from the presidency. Newly installed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointedGordon as secretary of the Department of Tourism. With his experience as a former brand manager of Procter and Gamble Philippines and chairman of SBMA, Gordon placed the Philippines in theinternational tourism map by actively marketing the Philippines in several tourism expositions androad shows with the Wow Philippines campaign strategy winning awards at ITB and WTM. From 2002,after four years of negative growth and in spite of threats of terror post 9-11, Abu Sayyaf kidnappings,SARS, Oakwood Mutiny, tourism arrival increased heavily. He also encouraged domestic tourism byholding regional events and having provincial destinations showcased at Intramuros and therationalization of Holiday Economics. He held the position until January 2004.SenateIn the 2004 national elections, Gordon ran as senator of the Philippines. In the initial public opinionsurvey, Filipinos were lukewarm on electing Gordon as senator. But with his very positive personality
Izar, Nikko Norman CudiamatEN113 MWF 10:30-11:30am CAS 306Mrs.AvillanozaBC4B
and achievements aired in TV and radio advertisements, public opinion changed and Gordon won andreceived the fifth highest number of votes from the electorate.During the 13th Congress (2004–2007), as Chairman of the Senate Committee of ConstitutionalAmendments and Revision of Laws, he upheld the supremacy of the Constitution at all times. Thoughhe may not have voted for the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, he took an oath to preserve anddefend it. He insisted on the lawful process of Charter Change only according to the process set forthin the Constitution. He opposed the method of Constituent Assembly or "con-ass" initiated by PresidentArroyo and House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr., which was possible in the 1935 Constitution butunlawful in the current Constitution[5], as well as the dubious[6] Sigaw ng Bayan People's Initiativeand was one of the triumphant parties in the case of Lambino and Aumentado vs. COMELEC, G.R. No.174153, October 25, 2006.He also preserved the separation of powers in government and asserted the Senate’s constitutionalright and duty to conduct inquiries in aid of legislation against Executive Order No. 464 in Senate, etal. vs. Ermita, G.R. No. 169777, April 20, 2006, and Executive Order No. 1 in Sabio vs. Gordon, et al.,G.R. No. 174340, October 17, 2006.He was also responsible for the passage of Republic Act No. 9369 — or the Automated ElectionsSystem to obviate cheating and post election controversies and protests that hound Philippineelections.On April 9, 2008, Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor in Bataan, President Arroyo signed into lawRepublic Act No. 9499- Gordon's Veterans Bill[7]. The Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions andBenefits Act of 2008 amends Sections 10 and 11 of Republic Act No. 6948, as amended, by removingthe prohibition against our veterans receiving benefits from the United States government. Before thelaw was signed, the Philippine government benefits of veterans would be revoked once they weregranted benefits by the United States government. Because of Gordon’s advocacy and persistence,this prohibition is now eliminated, and Filipino veterans will now be able to receive any form of benefitfrom any foreign government without losing the benefits given to them by the Philippine government.He was the principal author of the National Tourism Policy Act of 2009 or Republic Act 9593[8],declaring a national policy for tourism as an engine of Investment and employment, growth andnational development that was signed by President Arroyo in Cebu on May 12, 2009 and witnessed bythe country's tourism private sector.
In a time of great change, a beacon is needed to guide the Filipinos. Gilberto “Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr. can be that beacon.Gibo is the only son of former Social Security System (SSS) administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Sr. andformer Batasang Pambansa member Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro. During his elementary and highschool days at Xavier School in San Juan City, Gibo was the tall, lanky, and curly-haired kid who woreteeth and back braces. But the young Gibo was exceptionally smart and genial. He may have comefrom a prolific family, but Gibo was neither sheltered nor a snob. Growing up, he had an early taste of politics and he showed great interest for public service..
He was elected Kabataang Barangay president in his hometown Tarlac in 1980 and concurrentlybecame Central Luzon Kabataang Barangay president for five years. He was bona fide member of theSanguniang Panlalawigan of Tarlac from 1980 to 1986.

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