MIKE Toledo, former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s press secretary who now works with the Gibo Teodoro presidential campaign, explains the campaign strategy that his followers better believe at this point in time. He says Team Gibo has a surefire formula for winning the May election.

The grand plan seems to be the one beginning to unfold now involving a decent start, a surge at midway and closing the campaign with a bang at the homestretch.

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For Teodoro’s supporters this analysis is understandable as this is seen in Gibo’s being slow out of the gate even as his frontrunning opponents surged ahead.

This was understandable to the ordinary Gibo fan as he did not have the instant name recall of Noynoy Aquino and Joseph Estrada or the resources of a Manny Villar. Gibo and his supporters nevertheless plodded along, believing that their candidate could still get into the mix in due time after he had convinced a small core of believers that they had the best candidate so far.

Last week, which according to many political analysts must have been at or around the midpoint of the campaign, Teodoro’s camp trotted out a survey conducted by a group known as

Campaigns and Image Group whose survey results showed Teodoro firmly in second place after Villar, with Aquino in third and Estrada a far fourth.

In said survey, reportedly the third such poll conducted by said firm on presidential bets, Villar got 31 percent, Teodoro 24 percent and Aquino 20 percent, while Estrada placed fourth with 13 percent.

Teodoro’s camp sees two factors coming into play at the final stages of the campaign that they hope will their candidate over the top: the supposed efficacy of the administration party’s machinery and the youth vote, which Teodoro’s boosters say will definitely go to their candidate.

Of course, Gibo’s other secret weapon is the Lakas-Kampi campaign machinery, which Toledo said extend down to the grassroots. Lakas –Kampi has candidates for 170 or 73.0 percent of all House seats up for grabs, 64 or 80 percent of 86 gubernatorial posts, 86 or 71,7 percent of 126 city mayoralty slots and 1,043 0r 60 percent of all seats for municipal slots and 1,043 or 60 percent of all seats for municipal mayors,” he explained.