Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo Cojuangco Teodoro Jr. (born 14 June 1964) is a Filipino lawyer, politician, and business executive. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and holds rank as colonel of the Philippine Air Force Reserve Force.
He was the Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND) from 2007 to 2009 and Chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). He ran in the 2010 presidential election, but lost to Benigno Simeon Aquino III. He filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator on 7 October 2021.
He is married to Monica Prieto-Teodoro. They have a son named Jaime Gilberto.
Early Life and Education
He was born on 14 June 1964 in Isabela, Philippines to former Social Security System (SSS) Administrator Gilberto Teodoro Sr. and lawyer and former Batasang Pambansa member Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro.
He finished his primary and secondary education at Xavier School. He obtained his Degree in Commerce Major in Financial Institutions from De La Salle University (DLSU) in 1984. He pursued Law at the University of the Philippines (UP), where he received the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence in 1989. It was also the same year that he topped the Philippine Bar Exams. He also passed the New York State Bar Exams in 1997.
He completed his masters degree at the Harvard Law School and was given the first honorary Doctor of Laws degree by West Negros University of Bacolod.
He also completed the Command and Staff Course of the Philippine Air Force and the Joint and Combined Staff Officer Course of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He won the Leadership Award in both courses.
Gibo practiced his profession for seven years at the Estelito Mendoza Law Firm. As a businessperson, Teodoro holds the following positions:
- Independent Director of BDO Unibank, Inc.
- Chairman at Philippine Navy
- Chairman for Sagittarius Mines, Inc.
- Chairman for Indophil Resources Philippines, Inc.
- Member of the Board of Alphaland Corp.
- Member of the Board of Philippine Geothermal Production Co., Inc.
- Member of the Board of Canlubang Sugar Estate
- Member of New York State Bar Association
He previously was
- Chairman at Gotesco Land, Inc.
- Member of Philippines House of Representatives
- Chairman of The Philippine National Police Foundation, Inc.
- Secretary of National Defense College of the Philippines
In 1998, he was elected as Tarlac’s 1st District Representative and served for three terms. As Representative, he was a proponent of human rights, economic development, and progress.
He joined the Cabinet of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Secretary of DND in 2007, as the youngest to hold the post at the age of 43. As such, he implemented defense reform programs: the AFP modernization and supported the adjustment of RA 9184 known as the Procurement Reform Act of the Philippines. He also served as Chairman of NDCC.
During his term as Congressman from 1998 to 2007, he was a member of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council and had stints as Assistant Majority Leader and Deputy Minority Leader.
Teodoro principally authored 106 bills, 65 were approved in the Lower House and submitted to the Senate, and 6 were signed into law. Two of the six bills were on getting franchises while the other one was on the conversion of the Concepcion-Capas road in Tarlac as national roads. He was also the principal author of the Securities Code of 2000.
In March 2009, he joined Lakas-Kampi-CMD and later became its presidential standard bearer. He ran in the 2010 presidential election, but lost to Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
Teodoro, who was earlier offered to run for vice president alongside Sara Duterte, filed his candidacy for senator on 7 October 2021. He is running under People's Reform Party (PRP) of the late senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Teodoro was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Grand Commander, the first to be awarded with such a rank.
- Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Member
- UP Alumni Association, Member
- UP Law Alumni Association, Member
- Harvard Alumni Association, Member
- Harvard Law Alumni Association, Member
- Philippine Air Force Reserve, licensed commercial pilot and Colonel
- Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Honorary Member
- Philippine Air Force AC AA, Honorary Member
- Philippine National Police Foundation Inc. Chairman (as of 2004)
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