Gibo Teodoro’s questionable loyalty

“Anybody but Gibo…anybody but him.”

This hurting statement was emphatically uttered by Mrs. Gretchen Oppen Cojuangco, when asked who her husband, business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, would support between Gibo Teodoro and their other nephew, Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“I feel bad for my husband because Gibo left without saying a word to his uncle, who helped and supported him (in his political career) for nine years. My husband had big plans for him (Teodoro),” Mrs. Cojuangco lamented.

If this doesn’t tell you anything about Gibo’s loyalty, I don’t know what will?

This negative perception has been further exacerbated when Gibo acknowledged, during the Inquirer-organized presidential debate at a packed UP Theater, that he valued his mother-in-law more than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and his uncle Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.

If to have the daughter for a wife makes a mother-in-law priceless, what would it make of his father-in-law, who sired a daughter to become Gibo’ wife? Would there be a Nikki Prieto-Teodoro without his father-in-law?

But, that is neither here nor there.

The question now is: Can we trust Gibo not to turn his back on us after we shall have assured him the presidency or will his loyalty to the people ends where his loyalty to his mother-in-law-begins also?

Will Gibo be doing more for the greater number of people or shall he be cowed to serve and give special consideration only to those closest to him?

There is no denying the expression of seething anger and disappointment in Mrs. Cojuanco’s face when she said, “Anybody but Gibo…”

This has made Gibo an ungrateful person and a pariah to the Cojuangco clan.

Perhaps Gibo has gotten too big for his britches when he was chosen by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to serve her government as her Secretary of National Defense. With this position, he was feeling high and mighty and his arrogance got the best of him by forgetting his indebtedness to the man who nurtured his political career.

“Galing at talino” is good if you also know how to show recognition and gratitude to the people who have helped you find your way up. It’s a bane when intertwine with too much ambition and lust for power.