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Sara-Gibo tandem for 2022 forged



While other political parties are still in the process of selecting their standard-bearer for the 2022 national elections, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and former Defense chief Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro have already forged a partnership deal for the next polls following their first-ever meeting in Davao City recently, a political ally of the two revealed.

“While they are busy going to their conventions and bickering with each other, these two—simple-minded, well-educated, and principled leaders—culminated their tandem,” former Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya told the Daily Tribune on Friday in an interview.

“This is the first tandem to be forged while everybody is jockeying for a position. There’s now this tandem ready to rise to the occasion,” he added.

To recall, only days after the ruling PDP-Laban held its national council meeting to prepare for the national assembly where they will elect the party’s presidential bet, Andaya and Teodoro flew to Davao City to meet the President’s daughter.

Andaya disclosed that the meeting of the two was set two weeks after Duterte-Carpio expressed her intent to run for president, a decision she made without consulting with her father incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We all know many suitors visited her (Duterte-Carpio). We know that a Filipina being pursued will not give her ‘yes’ during the first visit. However, a Filipina will give a signal when she finds a man agreeable,” Andaya said in Filipino.

“Among all those suitors, Gibo was the only one she offered a free Covid-19 vaccine shot with. What does this indicate? ‘You will be my partner, so I do not want you to get sick,’” he thought.

For Andaya, this also means that Duterte-Carpio wanted Teodoro to come back to Davao City for his second shot after four weeks.

For four hours, Duterte-Carpio and Teodoro discussed things, including Covid-19 response, and shared three meals together during the visit.

“That’s a clear message that the door is open; that the tandem has already been sealed. We should give them both the time on how to plan to introduce themselves to the public,” he said.

Things have been moving fast for Duterte-Carpio and Teodoro, Andaya shared, as political parties are already reaching out to the duo to offer their support.

“The political elites were just simply blinded from what we are doing because it was so simple. It was down to basics because the essence of politics is not about debates or conventions which they are doing now,” he said.

“Politics is about serving. This is about harnessing the potential of the people to solve the problem,” he added.

Negotiations to form the alliance were all done through phone calls, Andaya recalled, until their visit to Duterte-Carpio’s hometown.

“It was like watching a John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo movie. It’s a match made in heaven,” Andaya said, describing the meeting.

“You will see the chemistry, when they work together, they’re great. It is a sure box-office hit, a grand slam,” he noted.

Teodoro served as secretary of the Department of National Defense from 2007 to 2009 during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration.

He was also a former congressman representing Tarlac province from 1998 to 2007.

In 2010, Teodoro ran for president but lost to then-Senator Noynoy Aquino, who is his second cousin.

A native of Isabela, Teodoro graduated from Xavier School before acquiring his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1984.

Teodoro then took Law at the University of the Philippines and graduated top of his class, then topped the 1989 Philippine Bar Examinations.

He also acquired a Master of Laws degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and passed the State Bar of New York.

Both Duterte-Carpio and Teodoro are lawyers and came from a family of politicians.

To date, none of them had made any formal announcements yet whether they will be running for president and vice president in 2022, respectively.