MOTHER of presidential aspirant Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro met her son's supporters at the "Gibo Na Ta" volunteer center Wednesday.

Ditas Cojuangco Teodoro also met with the public officials at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City.

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Fondly called by friends in Negros as "Mommy Ditas", she lauded the efforts of the volunteer's group by heightening awareness among the Negrense community towards brighter Philippines grounded on the Gibo platform, which is to fight poverty of the mind, pocket, relationship, and of the environment.

Mrs. Teodoro explained that Gibo, despite being the only son, was never brought up as a "spoiled brat" and was conscientious of his studies.

Gibo took up business course in La Salle but when he entered the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, Mrs. Teodoro said, which had affected their lives being associated to the Marcoses.

She recalled that then UP president Edgardo Angara told Gibo that "Huwag mo akong ipahiya" (Please do not fail me). Then Gibo topped the bar in 1997.

Gibo's staunch supporter Governor Isidro Zayco welcomed Mrs. Teodoro and lauded the efforts of the Gibo volunteers led by Gamboa.

With Zayco were city and municipal mayors Manuel Escalante III of Manapla, Soledad Montilla of Sipalay, Hermilo Aguilar of Hinigaran, Salvador Escalante of Cadiz, Francisco Nazareno of Moises Padilla, Laurence Marxlen Dela Cruz of Don Salvador Benedicto, Jose Montelibano of Silay, Carminia Bascon of Himamaylan, Esteban Coscolluela of Murcia, Ma. Teresa Bilbao of Hinobaan, and Pedro Zayco of Kabankalan City.

Board Members Mae Javellana and Enrique Miguel Lacson and Bago City Vice Mayor Nicolas Yulo, Mrs. Patching Puentevella who represented Congressman Monico Puentevella, Betsy Coscolluela for her husband Sugar Regulatory Administrator Rafael Coscolluela and SRA board member Jose Luis Tongoy were also present. (Jerome S. Galunan Jr.)