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MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON, MINDANAO – After former Senate President Manuel Villar and Senator Loren Legarda, is Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. now publicly endorsing Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro as the next President?

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Zubiri reportedly attended a party Saturday night at The Blueleaf Clubhouse in McKinley Hill, Forbes (Manila) and publicly endorsed Teodoro as his Presidential bet for the 2010 national elections. The party was reportedly attended by various personalities including Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.

Curiously, the governor endorsed Villar during the former Senate President’s visit March of last year. He cited Villar’s dedication and willingness to serve as his primary reasons as to why he wanted to support Villar’s candidacy. A few months later, Teodoro went to Bukidnon for a brief visit. Zubiri said that if Teodoro would ever decide to run, he would support his candidacy. He reportedly made this bold proclamation last year during the 8th Mindanao Island Conference of the The Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines, which was held in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

However, on March 10, 2009, he publicly endorsed Senator Loren Legarda as “the next President” and even called the female solon as “Madame President.” Legarda served as the guest of honor during the 92nd Foundation Day celebration of the Province of Bukidnon.

Meanwhile, sources say that the Teodoro camp is busy pushing the Gibo for 2010 campaign in an effort to shadow another presidentiable, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Escudero has been faring very well in recent surveys and is said to be a heavy favorite among young voters.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda (Photo by Joseph Vidal)

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