The resignation of erstwhile Lakas-Kampi presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro as party chairman, Sarangani Gov. Rene Miguel Dominguez as party president, and Francis Xavier Manglapus as party secretary-general are not surprising. That it took this long for them to do so is the surprise.
When Gibo Teodoro considered running last year, he was assured by the then GMA-led party leadership that he will have all the financial and logistical requirements he needs. In return, he made the politically-suicidal pledge that he will run only with the endorsement of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
That open pledge doomed him in the surveys–he never reached double-digit approval rating up to now. Belatedly realizing this during the party’s merger convention, the party had the president resign her chairmanship and thus give Gibo a “free hand” to form his own team.
Alas, it also gave GMA a free hand to choose her candidate. From mere rumors since last year, the news of a “secret GMA candidate” started circulating furiously since January this year. Then, it began to gain ground when whispers of money drought in the Lakas-Kampi camp started circulating in February.
Edu Manzano indirectly confirmed this when his campaign manager complained of a lack of the promised funds. This March, a flurry of defection by close GMA allies such as the Zubiris and Chavit Singson hit the party. Then reports came in of Gibo campaign posters being blocked by Lakas LGUs at the local level as well as their consorting with Manny Villar. The cat is going out of the bag!
This laid the ground for today’s announcements. A real crisis is before Lakas-Kampi. Will the president prove this to be false by pouring massive funds to the Gibo campaign or will she prove this true by inviting Villar to a party?
This Holy Week, Gibo’s campaign is in calvary.