Lakas-Kampi Picks Teodoro as 2010 Standard Bearer - GMANews

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., 45, was selected on Wednesday to be the standard bearer in 2010 of the ruling Lakas-Kampi (Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino)-CMD party, setting the stage for an underdog's uphill climb against more popular and better known opponents.

Teodoro won by a landslide against Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Bayani Fernando, who walked out of the party’s national executive committee meeting after his motion to defer the voting was rejected.

Reportedly a favorite nephew of tycoon Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., Teodoro will have money and the administration's muscle behind him, including the party's vaunted network of local government membership. But the UP and Harvard law graduate will have to overcome the effects of being associated with the most unpopular Philippine president in recent history.

Teodoro has fared dismally in recent surveys on most preferred presidential bets.

In Pulse Asia’s latest survey, Teodoro ranked 13th among 15 prospective presidential candidates. Only 0.2 percent said they would vote for the defense chief if the elections were held now.