MANILA , MAY 7, 2010
(STAR) SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila - Today is the official last day for the election campaign period. I guarantee you that you will find our columns next week a little bit boring, after all we Filipinos eat, drink and sleep politics. Unfortunately we’re stuck in ugly, vicious ugly politics which is the folly of this country.

But as Gibo Teodoro said last week at the Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu before the Lakas-Kampi Governors (all 56 of them were there including close to 200 Congressmen and women) that the Cebu Declaration that was read by Gov. Khalid Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte was a road map for a better future for our country. Gibo exhorted all the Lakas-Kampi to give their all not only for themselves, but for the people who voted them into power! In a strange sort of way, Gibo’s speech was an echo of the speech that Cebu Gov. Gwen F. Garcia made earlier before the Governors and Congressmen.

After the meeting with the Governors, Gibo went to the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) to speak before all the barangay leaders or captains from the province of Cebu and he also echoed the same speech… and told them that he will do a lot of doable things when he becomes President like putting a huge fund for the retirement of barangay officials…something no one ever even thought of. He told them that he would prepare a fund to provide soft student loans and will push for one college graduate per family for free! Now if this will not help reduce the poverty in this country, I don’t know what will!

Yesterday we featured the Smart/Philippine STAR survey that shows Gibo and Noynoy Aquino are in a virtual tie in almost all issues and that survey only proves to one and all that the SWS & Pulse Asia surveys were manipulated. This story came out in the left front page of The Philippine STAR last Thursday entitled, “Noynoy kin, allies, behind Pulse, SWS’. Proof of the pudding is the Smart/Philippine STAR surveys that Gibo isn’t ranking only a single-digit as what SWS and Pulse Asia was selling to us.

It is also fact that this week alone, GIBO has suddenly experienced a last minute surge obviously coming from the silent majority or the undecided voters who took the slogan “Kaming Walang Kibo; Ay para kay Gibo!” Again proof of this comes from an email sent to me yesterday.

“Sir for the past days I have been trying to gauge voters’ sentiments in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in order to gauge if Gibo could really be a “Dark Horse” candidate. It appears there is a steady surge of support for Gilbert Theodoro’s candidacy. Proof to this is the fact that GIbo’s official fan page grew from 260,000 fans to around 330,000 in less than 24 hours. I wanted to ask you if you notice a similar welling of support in the form of reactions to your column. Thanks. RB Osorio, 4th year student BS International Relations major in Diplomacy Lyceum of the Philippines U.”

Mr. Osorio, truth to tell, my Facebook and my emails have been deluged with letters thanking me for enlightening our readers on the truth about Gibo Teodoro. Although I did get a few nasty ones, who tell me that I’m a liar, a braggart and yes, some even asking me how much is Gibo paying me for the columns we write. All I can say to these people who deals on hatred is, “God forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” But this is part of my neighborhood being a columnist. These people do not even know that I am based in Cebu. But if I’m getting less than 1 percent nasty letters, then there must be something good that I am doing.

Again for our final plea… especially to those who are undecided at this time that they shouldn’t be fooled into believing that yarn that a vote for Gibo is a vote for Manny Villar. This idiocy has been debunked by the Smart/Philippine STAR survey. Hence a vote for Gibo is a vote for Gibo!

Speaking of Sen. Manny Villar, here’s an e-mail that I got yesterday.

Hi all you friends, Here is something I gathered from a confidential source. The MILF-Ampatuan Maguindanao group (responsible for the massacre last November 25th of the 57 people including 31 journalists) is supporting the NP Villar-Legarda ticket in exchange for the MOA-AD approval by Malacañang. If Villar wins the Presidency in this coming elections. He will facilitate the establishment of the Bansa Moro Juridical Entity which will actually push the revision of the Constitution and fragment the country because it will establish a de facto state within the Philippine State because the BJE — by the MOA-AD will authorize to negotiate independent of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the central government any “Treaty” with ASEAN counties and other sovereign states. Our source is actually an insider in the peace negations residing in Pagadian City, but we have to protect him.” This is why Sen. Villar’s popularity has taken a nosedive, especially because he has put the Communists in his Senatorial slate and refused to condemn the killings in Antipolo.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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