Back to top's Top 10 Pinoy Political Bromances
We list political hook-ups that give marriage a run for its money.
Published on: Jul 4, 2012 - 7:00am

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When it comes to amping up their chances to get elected, it’s never too early for politicians to start letting the public know what they’re up to. This early, a lot of them are already working it for the 2013—or even the 2016—polls. That said, we’ve listed 10 of the most notable and most recent bromances in Pinoy politics—a complicated world where you need all the allies you can get.



Teodoro and Manzano on the campaign trail.

10. Gibo Teodoro & Edu Manzano


Hook-up: In 2010, Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro—who was the secretary of the Department of National Defense—decided to run for president in the 2010 elections. He picked actor and former Optical Media Board chairman Edu Manzano as his running mate.  According to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, the “match” was made by then-Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno. Puno was Teodoro’s original pick for vice president, but he backed out. Thus, he felt obligated to find a replacement. Unfortunately, Teodoro didn’t get elected as president and Manzano didn’t get elected as vice president.


Union tag: Since they were the most photogenic duo in the 2010 presidential polls, we dub them the “Tisoy Twosome.”


Couple chemistry: When they were on the campaign trail, they seemed like they were really good friends. As arranged political bromances go, this one was a success. Too bad that didn’t translate to more votes. Puno’s matchmaking skills should be commended though.

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1 Comment
  • Genuine
    The ultimate power trippers in this bunch were Marcos and Ver. Those cousins imposed their will on this country for the better part of 14 years, leaving another cousin of theirs, Fidel Ramos, whom Marcos considered weak, out of the loop. Of course, Ramos had the last laugh in '86. Not bad for those 3 UP guys.
    Jul 05 2012 @ 04:13pm     Reply  
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