Teofisto de Lara Guingona III carries the nickname "TG". That is for marketing purposes. He probably does not like sounding like a Mafia family godfather, or the manufacturer of fancy red sports cars. Those Italianos, they like their nicknames. On the island of Sicily, TG would likely be called Teo "The Fist" Guingona. Senator Guingona is from the island of Mindanao.
Teo "The Fist" Guingona is about as brutal as a puff of cotton. "Mr. Bean" is the handle an amused and amusing blogger assigned to him.
But I like that name, for a fist is what he gave the Cybercrime Law. A huge constitutional fist in the legal solar plexus. On the strength and courage of his "No!" vote, he emerged as a principled national leader. Not a follower. He emerged as the ONLY principled leader in the Senate. The rest of the bunch toed the tight line of Executive Wish, thereby conveying to the Department of Justice totalitarian laws not seen since the Arroyo Martial Law proclamations and the endless Marcos dictates.
Teo "The Fist" Guingona is one of the good guys. An honoree of Kaya Natin! as a champion of good governance representing Mindanao and Sulu. Kaya Natin! was founded by a small group of highly respected leaders like Jesse Robredo and Grace Padaca. If they call you a "Champion", you are good. Honest. Trustworthy.
If you have a good guy with the courage to stick by his principles when everyone else is going the opposite direction, aligned with favor and a political lemming mentality, that principled, courageous guy warrants attention.
Here's Teo "The Fist" Guingona:
- Born April 19, 1959, he will be 57 in 2016, when presidential elections are held.
- Ateneo de Manila graduate. Degrees in Economics and Law.
- Member of student government. Joined protests against Marcos in favor of Ninoy Aquino's LABAN party. Jailed after a protest march.
- Elected to House of Representatives from Bukidnon 2nd District in 2004 and 2007.
- Deputy Minority Floor Leader.
- Minority Representative to Joint Congressional Power Commission.
- Involved in impeachment complaints against President Arroyo and Ombudsman Gutierrez.
- Exposed Fertilizer Fund Scam and excessive Arroyo travel expenses.
- Voted against resolution for Constituent Assembly without the Senate (Con-Ass).
- Elected Senator in 2010, placing 12th among 12 candidates.
- Good Governance
- Financial Reform
- Mindanao Improvement
- Committee Chairmanship:
- Accountability of Public Officers & Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
- Peace, Unification and Reconciliation
- Congressional Oversight Committee on the Anti-Money Laundering Act
- Committee Vice-Chairmanship:
- Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies
- Government Corporations and Public Enterprise
- Health and Demography
- Justice and Human Rights
- Joint Congressional Power Commission
- Committee Membership:
- Agrarian Reform
- Agriculture and Food
- Education Arts and Culture
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Foreign Relations
- Labor Employment and Human Resources Development
- Congressional Oversight Committee on the Official Development Assistance Law
- Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Overseas Voting Act of 2003
- Legislative Oversight Committee on Public Expenditure
- National Defense and Security
- Public Services
- Social Justice Welfare and Rural Development
- Ways and Means
- Bills Filed:
- SBN 158: Right to Information
- SBN 159: Petroleum Products
- SBN 2180-2186: Budget/GAA
- Father Teofisto Tayko Guingona, Jr., served as Senator from 1998 to 2001 and Vice Pesident under President Gloria Arroyo from 2001 to 2004. His grandfather was a former assemblyman, senator, judge, and commissioner of Mindanao and Sulu during the American years in the 1930's. His mother, Ruth de Lara, is former governor of Misamis Oriental and is now mayor of Gingoog City.
- He is married to attorney Ma. Victoria Guingona, a classmate at Ateneo. They have one son.
The three essential Rizal Robredo Index leadership qualities are: (1) intelligence, (2) character, and (3) capability, where capability is reflected in: (a) skills and (b) productivity.
Senator Guingona is the new breed of congressman arriving to voice a progressive mandate for honesty and above-board dealings. He is not a hot-head like Trillanes. He is thoughtful and principled. He is a good guy as Robredo was a good guy.
He has just introduced a new bill in the legislature called "The Crowdsourcing Act of 2012" (Senate Bill 3300). This Act recognizes the gap that exists today between legislators, who favor those who favor them, and the People, who are cut out of a clear representation on things by Congressional self-interest and by popular media that focus on the sensational. The proposed law would require that the Senate and House make available copies of bills and allow people to comment on them through e-mail and the internet. Here's what Teo "The Fist" had to say about the proposal:
- "Crowdsourcing recognizes and allows the individual and collective power of the people, with the use of the internet and/or other information and communications system, to contribute to the formulation, improvement, and creation of laws that benefit the entire nation. From Batanes to Sulu, people must be allowed to participate in the process of law-making. When people are allowed to participate, we have better laws. When people are allowed to participate, we have better people,."
This is a man of original wisdom. He need not photocopy ideas. He has a strikingly different vision of what the Philippines should be than most. He takes President Aquino's good governance to a new dimension, a modern dimension. A people's dimension.
He has the quality and depth of thinking of leaders like Jefferson and Rizal and Robredo.
The Senator also represents a hope that the Senate can be a driving force for implementation of the Bangsamoro road map to everlasting peace in the Philippines. If anybody can get this done, Teo "The Fist" can. There are those who should lead, those who should follow, and those who should get out of the way. Senator Guingona is one who should lead. Old senators carrying too much baggage, like Enrile and Sotto and Angara, should get out of the way.
Teo "The Fist" Guingona.
Character. Problem solving. Innovation. Intelligence. Courage. Sound experience in the House and Senate, learning the ropes until now.
Now moving into leadership.
JoeAm likes this kind of character, especially the courage and independent thought. And above all, his deeply held, determined principles.
Accordingly, he moves Teo "The Fist" Guingona into second place on his list of top presidential candidates. Holding the lead is Jun Abaya. Ranking third is Sonny Angara, the Young. Falling off the list is Kiko Pangilinan.
Joe's 2016 Presidential picks, for the good of the Philippines:
- Jun Abaya
- Teo "The Fist" Guingona
- Sonny Angara, the Younger