MANILA, Philippines – Rafael Alunan III, president of the First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation and a former Interior and Local Government secretary, has publicly endorsed former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro’s bid for the country’s top post.
In his Facebook page, Alunan said he endorsed Teodoro for president because he “articulates a vision, a sense of mission and a sensible action agenda.”
Teodoro, he added, “avoids personality politics; stays focused on the issues; avoids negative campaigning to give the voters the opportunity to understand his platform and how he intends to govern and serve.”
He noted that the former defense secretary and legislator “remains cool under fire, takes tough stands, makes hard decisions, sticks to his convictions especially in the most difficult circumstances.”
“My choice for president respects institutions and works through the system,” Alunan said. “He is a reformer; dedicated public servant; circumspect politician; served in two branches of government; respects judicial processes; has demonstrated moral courage within his area of responsibility. He remains focused on serving higher interests, namely, national interests. He has a keen sense of nationhood that is crucial for anyone aspiring for the presidency.”
He described Teodoro as an underdog and a “non- traditional politician that prefers the high to the low road,” adding that his preferred presidential candidate “stands taller than the rest.”
“So, I have finally reached a decision,” Alunan said. “Win or lose, it will not be a wasted vote. Mine will be an informed vote on May 10. I choose Gilbert Teodoro for president.”