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Teodoro ‘not afraid’ to be McCain in 2010

Posted on: May 12, 2009

Teodoro ‘not afraid’ to be McCain in 2010

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:40:00 05/12/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, US elections

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said he was “not afraid” to suffer the same fate as former US presidential candidate John McCain, whose loss was attributed to, among others, his association with a widely unpopular incumbent.

Teodoro is seeking the anointment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose popularity has dipped to record lows, according to opinion surveys, due to allegations of massive corruption and election fraud.

McCain was the standard bearer of former US president George W. Bush’s Republican Party. He lost to the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama.

Arroyo was a staunch ally of Bush, who was widely criticized for the US-led invasion of Iraq, and a losing war in Afghanistan.

“I’m not afraid to be John McCain,” Teodoro told a news forum of presidential aspirants organized by cable television network ANC.

Teodoro cited the many “benefits” that the country reaped from the close to nine-year Arroyo presidency.

“Despite the global downturn, the country reached 7.3-percent gross domestic product growth [in 2007] and has one of the lowest unemployment and inflation rates,” he said.

Also in 2007, Teodoro said the Philippines posted the “lowest deficit in history.”

In the area of national security, which he said was his “expertise,” Teodoro said the government was applying a “balanced approach” against threat groups to avoid a “shooting war.”

He said the Arroyo government also constructed the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Roll-on, Roll-off (Ro-Ro) network, which he said was vital in delivering relief goods to typhoon provinces in the Visayas in 2008.

“These are but of a few of the positive benefits that the country has gathered from the Arroyo administration,” he said.

With reports from Anna Valmero, INQUIRER.net

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