A summary of Sec. Teodoro's performance during his three terms in Congress:
(I am not counting resolutions filed because I don't think resolutions should be counted as accomplishments. Resolutions are just declarations.)
Bills principally authored:
Total bills filed = 106
Total approved by House of Representatives and transmitted to Senate = 65
Total enacted into law = 6
To see the complete list, click here:
In addition to the 106 bills he principally authored, of which 65 were approved by the House and transmitted to the Senate, Sec. Teodoro co-authored more than 200 bills in his three terms in Congress. For details, go to the official website of the House of Representatives.
Because he gave way to the other members of his former party, the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC). Sec. Teodoro was already the leader of the party, and wanted his party-mates to have the opportunity to head committees instead of taking those opportunities for himself.
From Newsbreak, July 3, 2007:
While practically all congressmen had a long list of committee memberships, and were jockeying for committee chairmanship, Teodoro was listed in only one, the committee on dangerous drugs. And this was because the committee chair, Ilocos Norte Rep. Roque Ablan, insisted that he be included in his committee.
Instead of getting committee positions, [Teodoro's Chief of Staff in Congress Filadelfo] Diaz said Teodoro gave way to his partymates in the NPC.
As NPC secretary general Michael John “Jack” Duavit said, Teodoro “never needed a position or title.”
“As long as it’s Gibo (how Teodoro is referred to), he’s the boss. When he speaks, that’s it. He doesn’t need any formal position, he just shows himself, that’s okay,” Duavit said.
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I decided to put up this post after an article came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer website on February 5, 2010 (timestamp 22:01) about a presidential forum organized by ABS-CBN at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) where Sec. Teodoro was not able to attend. This is part of what the article said:
When ABS-CBNnews.com chief Maritess Vitug announced that she would discuss the backgrounds of Aquino and Villar being the frontrunners and of Teodoro, being the administration bet, the former defense chief got the loudest cheers from the audience.I didn't think this last paragraph was an adequate presentation of facts, and I thought the veteran journalist was being partisan. Later on, another version of the article came out in the Inquirer.Net website, dated February 6, 2010 (timestamp 22:00). The last paragraph above was removed. These are really strange times in Philippine journalism. It's no secret ABS-CBN favors one candidate. The Inquirer also has its favorite, but I'm glad they updated that version of the article.
Seemingly surprised, Vitug told the young audience that perhaps they like Teodoro because of his "good looks". The audience, however, answered a collective "No!".
So Vitug asked, "Is it because of his smart answers?"
The audience said "Yes!"
When she gave Teodoro's brief background, Vitug, a veteran journalist, pointed out his less than stellar performance. For example, she said that despite being smart, he never chaired a House committee in his three terms as congressman.