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Written by Dr. Eddie Dorotan   

Face to Face with 4 Presidentiables  

(AIM Conference Center, Oct 6 8am -12noon)


With Noynoy Aquino
With Manny Villar
 With Chiz Escudero With Gibo Teodoro


I was fortunate to get close, personal and face to face with the 4 Presidentiables this morning inside the holding room beside the main SGV hall of the AIM Conference Center.

One by one Gibo, Chiz, Manny and Noynoy entered the holding room separately at different times while waiting to be called to the forum with 100+local government officials.
I was the guest relation officer of the sponsors: Galing Pook, Institute for Popular Democracy, Ateneo School of Government, Synergeia and Local Government Support Program in ARMM.  I was tasked to lead them to the holding room and talk to them while waiting for their turn to go to the main hall.

Here are my impressions of the 4: (After our small talks and hearing the 4 respond to the questions asked by local leaders on issues like the use of calamity funds, peace in Mindanao, pork barrel, IRA share of LGUs and charter change):

Noynoy, 49: lengthy but conversational always emphasizing that he does not know the solutions to all the problems but is willing to listen and learn

Manny, 59: calculating, calibrating but exudes confidence that he has the leadership potential to turn the country around

Gibo, 44: charming, articulate, clear and sure of what he wants to do regardless of whether we agree with him or not

Chiz, 40:  sharp, crisp and direct to the point, expressing popular stands on critical issues


Dok Eddie

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