Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Teodoro on campus tours: Talking to youth gives so much hope

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:38:00 01/05/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

Original Story: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20100105-245701/Teodoro-on-campus-tours-Talking-to-youth-gives-so-much-hope

ANGELES CITY—Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. began his tour of campuses on Tuesday, wowing students and coming out optimistic that, in the actual campaign period in February, his survey standing would improve.

Teodoro started his series of “Students’ Hour with Gibo and Edu” at the Bataan State University in Balanga City in the morning and attended two forums at the Holy Angel University (HAU) and Angeles University Foundation (AUF), both in Angeles City, in the afternoon. Edu is actor and TV host Edu Manzano, his running mate.

Students asked Teodoro about a wide range of issues—corruption, health, overseas employment, Charter change, his cousin and Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

He also answered questions about the Ampatuan family, his running mate Manzano, the future of the Filipino youth, science and technology, premature campaigning and reproductive health bill.

Teodoro told reporters he found the questions of the students to be in-depth and the interaction with them as good.

The campus tours will cover the entire country based on the invitation of academic communities, he said.

But told that his performance in surveys did not improve significantly, Teodoro said: “We have a long way to go.”

“I don’t need to change strategy,” he said.

When asked about Aquino, he said he knew that not all voters vote with “nostalgia of the past.”

“You choose me because of me,” he said, pointing out he was “no facsimile” of President Macapagal-Arroyo or any past presidents.

“Speaking to the youth is an intellectually challenging enterprise. It gives me a lot of hope because they asked very relevant questions, not canned, there’s a different twist every time. They can be unforgiving, very discriminating,” he said.

In Bataan, Teodoro said the province is an industrial powerhouse waiting to be tapped.

The province’s potentials, he said, are in tourism, agriculture, human development and education. Tonette Orejas and Greg Refraccion, Inquirer Central Luzon

Original Story: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20100105-245701/Teodoro-on-campus-tours-Talking-to-youth-gives-so-much-hope

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