Voters should expect more than handouts from pols—Gordon


Senatorial candidate Richard “Dick” Gordon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

BAYBAY, Leyte—Elections are a serious matter, and voters should expect more than a free T-shirt from it.

Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon of the United Nationalist Alliance said people should put more thought to choosing the next set of leaders and should not be taken in by freebies, such as the T-shirts that candidates usually toss to the crowds during rallies or motorcades.

“Elections are for the poor. It’s not for you to get T-shirts or sell your votes. It’s to change the lives of Filipinos,” Gordon told the crowd during his speech at an UNA rally in Baybay Monday night.

Gordon took a dig at the practice of giving out free items like T-shirts to voters, which many candidates do, including his own teammates.

He said what he waned was for voters to be able to tell candidates that they could buy their own shirts. Gordon has not been giving out T-shirts, but he has handed out whistles to people during motorcades and rallies.

Gordon made his remarks a night after a local UNA candidate in Valenzuela gave at least six cellular phones during a rally. This freebie was a step up from the usual items—as shirts, candies, and baller bands—that candidates have been handing out.

According to Gordon, voting based on free items alone was like someone being taken in by a handsome man and then getting pregnant after one night and later on abandoned.

He also lamented that many people seem to be taken in by the showbiz aspect of the campaign.

“Maybe we aren’t taking our votes seriously. Maybe you’re voting for the showbiz types. Politics is not showbiz,” he said.

He also said he was speaking frankly before voters because he did not want to lie to them. It was a leader’s job to uplift the lives of people, he said.

“I want you to think that you have values. That even if you are poor, you have dignity,” he said.

UNA candidates held a rally in Baybay on Monday on the first night of its Leyte tourt. But many candidates opted to skip the Baybay event.

Only Gordon and Nancy Binay were present in the rally, which was joined by local allies. Mitos Magsaysay and Ernesto Maceda sent their sons Anton and Erwin as proxies. Magsaysay and Maceda were in Cebu to support Gwen Garcia.

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  • farmerpo

    Sino po ba ang nagbibigay? Pag senador na po kayo, magpasa kayo ng batas na parusahan ang comelec officials sa hindi pag papatupad ng anti vote buying law. Talamak po iyan dahil kayo ring mga pulitiko ang may gawa. Tanggap lang ng tanggap ang botante. Maski whistle lang, vote buying pa rin iyon. You politicians have made it so that voters and non voters alike expect gift cash or otherwise during election time. Then you have the gall to tell the voters not to? Dito nga sa Pampanga, motorsiklo ang premyo sa pabinggo. Siempre, sasali ang mga tao. Ano say ng Comelec? Walaa……….


    AS usual, puro verba, non acta. “Huwag ninyo iboboto yong mga naminmigay ng T-shirt dahil wala akong ma-ibibigay!”

    • ReneV

      will you take this as an honorable way from a candidate or you are fuming that you did not get a free t shirt?

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Dick Gordon is my kind of dick. He’s got a big head with lots of stuff in it. He can sometimes be full of himself but that’s because Dick Gordon has a lot to show for. He may not be much to look at, but he can definitely make heads turn when he starts talking. What I personally love about Dick Gordon is that he does not love to dick around or tweet about like some angry birdie. On the contrary, Dick Gordon is a man of action who prefers to get down on the ground, get his hands dirty, stick it in if he has to and get things done. Instead of whiling time away in endless debates, Dick Gordon loves to get things done quickly like quickie lovers often do. My fondness for Dick Gordon goes a long ways back. Dick Gordon first came to national prominence when he and his first responders saved many lives in the first few hours of the Great North Luzon Earthquake in 1990. Including mine, too. Later on, this same dick impressed upon the world the naked beauty of our beaches and wowwed the world to our shores. If we want more of Dick Gordon’s vibrating energy, let’s put this dick back in the senate where he belongs. With Dick Gordon in the senate, he will infuse and breathe new life into that decaying and dying institution.

    Let’s vote for Dick Gordon. He’s every Filipino’s Dick.

    • muddygoose

      Are you sure you like Dick Gordon or you just like all kinds of Dick?

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Dick Gordon is my kind of dick.

        Is he yours, too?

      • muddygoose

        He does sound intelligent and reasonable, but I have intelligent (and politically neutral) friends from Olongapo who seem to hate him and his family so much. They feel that the Gordons haven’t really done much, considering that they have controlled the city for 40, maybe 50 something years. Also, wasn’t he managing Olongapo like one gigantic brothel when the Americans were there?

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Your intelligent and politically neutral friends from Olongapo are of course entitled to their hatred of my superhero Dick Gordon. On second thought, they can’t possibly hate the Gordons and yet stay politically neutral.

        Two glaring factual errors:

        1. 40 to 50 years in control of Olongapo? My superhero Dick Gordon was only mayor for one term and SBMA chair for one term. All told, that’s only 12 years in office.

        2. Brothel? You clearly have never been to Olongapo in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Or even of late to know the difference.

        As for your friends, since they hate the Gordons, I probably wouldn’t trust them to be politically neutral.

        But still, please vote for Dick Gordon because he’s every Filipino’s Dick.

      • muddygoose

        40 yrs includes the father, the wife, and the son (or nephew?). Well, the earliest I was there was the early nineties, but I did hear of the rampant American R&R centers. Besides, if you exclude the base, Olongapo itself is really unimpressive. I come from Davao, and it really is a more impressive city, and I’m not even proud of any of our mayors. I might vote, but as of now I’m still unconvinced.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Now back to math. 1 term for daddy, 1 term for Dick, 1 term for wife and no son. 18 years at most. Assuming there’s a nephew, that’s still nowhere close to 40 years. Your math is wrong.

        As for R&R, every city that hosts a US military base inevitably has some red light district. Yokohama has it. Okinawa has it. Tainan has it. Diego Garcia and Guam have them too.

        If you’ve only been to Olongapo in the 90s, what frame of reference do you have to say it’s better or worse compared to the 70s or 80s?

      • muddygoose

        On Wikipedia, James Gordon 64-67, Amelia Gordon 68-72, Dick 80-86, Dick 88-98, Kate Gordon, 98-01, James Gordon Jr 01-13. My math says that’s around 38 yrs, excluding allied non-Gordons.

        Agree no frame of reference, but when I visited Dick himself has had ~10 yrs of development in place. If he was a good administrator, I should have witnessed something great, right? And now that the Gordons have had decades of influence, where is Olongapo?

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Just so we’re on the same page:

        88 to 98? As mayor or SMBA administrator?

        Something great? Please define. Great as in like a central business district? Great as in the busiest port city in Luzon? Great in terms of income per capita? Great in terms of productive yield per acreage?

        Where is Olongapo? Please define. Should Olongapo be somewhere else, ranked alongside New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and etc?

      • muddygoose

        I don’t see an end to this debate. I believe Gordon served as both mayor and SBMA chair from 93-95. In 95, his wife took over as mayor. I guess the point that the Gordon’s controlled Olongapo for almost 40 years still holds.

        Like I told you, he seems decent, but I’m still not convinced. I see a political dynasty. I see a family that is rich simply from being in politics. I see loyalty to the Lakas camp and even the Kampi camp. Just my personal opinion though.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        There’s no end to your debate because you can’t make up your mind on what to expect of a city like Olongapo and its mayor. I was hoping to have a more substantive debate with you but you’re not willing to get down to more specifics. Anyway, you are entitled to your own opinion as I am to mine. Let’s part ways in good cheer.

      • muddygoose

        Surely. Since you are obviously more knowledgeable about this guy, you’re welcome to list whatever he (or the Gordon family) has done for ‘Gapo that would justify my vote. Social justice, services, peace and order, education, infrastructure, jobs, reporting and use of city revenues,… Fire away. Thanks

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Let me refer you back to my previous post. I’d be more than glad to fire away once you clarify your definition of terms.

  • Kester Mark Dixon Irving

    12 Senatorial Candidates na Dapat Iboto

    1) Gordon – (Subic, WOW Philippines, Olangapo City, Red Cross) *MUST VOTE
    2) Hagedorn – ( Beautiful Puerto Princesa) *MUST VOTE
    3) Angara – (Clean Record ng Tatay)
    4) Pimentel – (Mas magaling kaysa sa tatay, represents western Mindanao)
    5) Zubiri – (Makakalikasan and represents Eastern Mindanao)
    6) Honasan – (A Brave and hardworking Senator)
    7) Poe – (Anak ni FPJ, hindi sisirain ang ngalan ni d King)
    8) Madrigal – Clean Record and Hardworking
    9) Villanueva – faith to God
    10) Magsaysay, Jr. – totoong Magsaysay
    11) Maceda – para sa Blue Ribbon Committee
    12) Escudero – Para kay Heart

    10 Senatorial Candidates na Dapat Iboykot

    1) Bam Aquino – galing sa angkan ng MAKAPILI, Traydor sa gobyerno, nanggagamit
    pa ng imahe ng patay.
    2) Cojuangco – Leader ng “Kamaganak Inc” mangangamkam ng lupang
    3) Jack Enrile – Siga siga at mamamatay tao(Alphie Anido), kay dumi ng record
    ng tatay.
    4) Villar – nagpayaman na si hubby sa senado, nakakaumay na ads sa tv.
    5) Hontiveros – makakaliwa, komunistang nanggugulo
    6) Casino – makakaliwa, komunistang nanggugulo
    7) Binay – Anti-political dynasty (tuta ng tatay)
    8) Ejercito – Anti-political dynasty (magkapatid sa senado)
    9) Cayetano – Anti-political dynasty (magkapatid sa senado)
    10) Legarda – plastic, balimbing

  • disqusted0fu

    Elections are for the poor… That’s why after the elections, the poor are quickly forgotten. That’s what’s been happening in this Aquino administration. There are projects approved here and there, but when it comes to poverty alleviation, all of a sudden the government has no budget and it has to be vetoed by the President, even during election season.

  • aristeosj

    as they say,politicians have this gift of gab.politicians in the Phil are all talk.
    pro porma,and very much lacking in action.just look at the decrepit state this
    country has been for such a long time.a perennial waste basket…hopeless..

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