– former Philippine Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro
Published on ‘The Diplomat’, 19 July 2016.
Gilberto ‘Gibo’ C. Teodoro, Jr., was the Philippines’ Secretary of National Defense from 2007-2009. Prior to that, he served as a three-term Member of Congress. He is now an independent consultant.
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