Teofisto Guingona III

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Teofisto “TG” de Lara Guingona III (born 19 April 1959) is a member of the 14th Congress of the Philippines representing the 2nd district of Bukidnon. He is the son of former Philippine vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr.

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Background

Guingona was born in Manila on April 19, 1959. He spent his elementary, secondary, tertiary, and post-graduate education in Ateneo de Manila University, earning a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1981 and bachelor of laws in 1985. He is married to fellow lawyer Maria Victoria G. Guingona with whom he has a son named Bobby.

Guingona points to his participation in a protest rally in 1978 as his “first taste of raw politics.” He marched along España Boulevard with colleagues in Ateneo student government and members of Lakas ng Bayan (LABAN), an opposition ticket led by Benigno Aquino Jr. At the age of 19, he was arrested along with the entire Ateneo student government, his mother and father, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Joker Arroyo, Francisco Soc Rodrigo, and Lorenzo Tañada Sr.

Career

  • Low-cost and socialized housing developer
  • Former governor, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association
  • Chairperson (1989-present), Tierra Minerva Property Development Corp.
  • Chairperson (1992-present), Firm Builders Realty Development Corp.
  • Chairperson (1992-present), Flavortrade Inc.
  • Chairperson (1992-present), First Tropical Blooms Inc.
  • Chairperson (1992-present), Guimaras Realty Inc.
  • Chairperson (1993-present), Southern Flagship Realty Inc.
  • Chairperson (1997-present), Readleaf Realty & Development Corp.
  • Representative, 2nd district of Bukidnon (2004-present), House of Representatives

2010 senatorial bid

In October 2009, Guingona left the Nacionalista Party (NP) and accepted the invitation of the Liberal Party (LP) to become part of its senatorial slate. Guingona belongs to a non-government reformist organization Kaya Natin, which had previously decided to form a coalition with LP and endorsed the senatoriable to be included in LP's slate. The merger prompted Guingona to choose Kaya Natin over NP.

Campaign manifesto

Guingona anchors his platform on the credo: “The Filipino people rule, their leaders serve. Together, we will rebuild our nation.” His main agenda is to reform the budget policies, for he believes that all government plans and programs start with a budget.

His platform also highlights plans on health where “everyone who needs medical care will receive it;” on food where farmers will be enabled to “grow enough food to feed [the] entire country;” and on energy that will be “produced from local resources.”

  • Budget

The senatorial aspirant aims to amend the national budget process through four core points: understandability, transparency, accountability, and people's participation. By eliminating “too much Greeks” in budget policies, the provisions will be more easily comprehended by ordinary citizens. Guingona also related that without transparency, the national budget is “subject to abuse and, right now, is one big petty cash fund of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.” He further stressed on the Filipino people's prerogative to be informed of how officials are spending the budget and how they will be affected.

In response to these problems, Guingona proposes to take full advantage of the Internet by “posting the national budget online for the Filipinos to know where every peso of their taxes is spent.” He added that officials may adopt the design “in their own political life.”

  • Education

Guingona aims to address the country's problem in education in view of his budget reform advocacy. He related in a March 2010 forum with members of Blogwatch.ph that with the P30-billion “savings” in the budget that was not released by the Department of Budget and Management to the Department of Education in 2007, much was lost that could have gone to the development of classrooms and increases to the salaries of teachers. He added that it could have addressed more problems, such as the lack of facilities in a [Barangay|barangay] school in Antique, where children had to learn how to “type” using an illustration of a computer on manila papers. Guingona envisions that more children will have access to better education.

Affiliations

  • Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Member, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association
  • Member, Builders Alliance Towards Action for Shelter Foundation, Inc.

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