Gordon says focus on services, not surveys

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Senatorial candidate Richard “Dick” Gordon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—In choosing whom to vote for, it’s better to look at service, not surveys.

With a few weeks to go before the elections, senatorial candidate Richard Gordon of the United Nationalist Alliance said voters should consider what those seeking their approval have actually done for the problems they had been facing.

Gordon said that for instance, the power supply problem in Mindanao has been going on for several years, and voters should think about what some of the candidates in power have actually done to address this.

Otherwise, they might just experience the same problem all over again.

“The Aquino administration is on its third year. You have no electricity every year, and then you will just accept surveys?” he said during a Zamboanga City briefing.

The candidates of the President’s Team PNoy have been dominating recent surveys.

Gordon urged voters not to be swayed by research results that show the supposed probable winner in the polls.

“Service is important, not surveys,” he said.

He continued to slam surveys as propaganda, saying there are many unknown factors involving these, such as who funded them and what specific areas these had covered.

“It’s a business. People pay for these surveys. It’s part and parcel of propaganda,” he said.

He earlier said surveys could be used to condition the minds of the people to favor candidates viewed as likely or as sure winners, because they might think their votes would just be wasted if they choose the low ranking bets.

Meanwhile, Sen. Gregorio Honasan said solutions are available to the government so that it could alleviate the long-festering power supply problem in Mindanao.

Honasan noted that there are a lot of idle power barges that could be activated to fill the 250 megawatt shortage. These barges could supply up to 370 megawatts, he added.

“That’s immediate. We can do that tomorrow or next week,” he said.

The government could also use Section 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, he said.

Section 71 states that upon the President’s determination of an imminent shortage of electricity supply in the country, congress, through a joint resolution, may authorize the establishment of additional generation capacity.

“All the Secretary of Energy has to do is tell the President, ‘there’s a problem in Mindanao, and people are suffering. Can you please communicate to the Senate and congress to come up with a joint resolution that there is a power crisis in Mindanao.’ That will set things in motion,” he said.

The lack of a steady supply of electricity in Mindanao, leading to frequent, rotating blackouts, has hobbled businesses in the area and has left many people suffering. Critics noted that this problem has stunted growth in the island because many businesses could not expand and find it hard to keep up the cost of maintaining generators.

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  • ranjoranido

    kung sya ant top sa survey sigurado satisfied sya at tahimik lang.

  • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

    pakiramdam ni Small Dick bilib lahat ng tao sa kanya sa lahat ng pagmamayabang niya na siya ang pinakamagaling pero dito sa Olongapo inilam,paso siya ni Noynoy noong 2010 presidential elections…Si Small Dick ang pinakahambog na politiko sa kasaysayan ng politika sa pilipinas…

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    this political epal is outdated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

    Sa Olongapo ang mga naglalaban Gordon vs.Gordon na ..sumikip na ang daigdig para sa MGA PAMILYANG DAYUKDOK SA KAPANGYARIHAN..Malamang masingitan na sila ni Rolen P[aulino ..panahon na para iba nam,an ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

    ROLEN PAULINO for Mayor …OLONGAPO
    LUCHIE LIPUMANO for Vice-M,ayor…..OLONGAPO….

  • flip1sba

    I’m going to vote for Gordon, the fact he has POLITICAL WILL especially with what he has done for Olongapo and Subic Bay plus The Philippine Red Cross.

    • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

      taga olongapo ka ba para makapag-comment ka kung ano talaga si Dick gordon…uto-uto ang tawag sa mga taong naniwala dahil lang sa mga prop[aganda…

      • flip1sba

        Kailangan ba na taga Olongapo ka para mag bigay ng opinion?

      • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

        hinde mo talaga kilala kung anong klase ng mikrobyo ang tinatangkilik mo…gets mo ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jim.veloso Jim Veloso

        im from olongapo and i have two issues to raise with the gordons

        1. Long Road & Waterdam Road located in Gordon Heights, O.C. have long been forgotten by the Gordons butas-butas at lubak-lubak marami na nasirang sasakyan sa mga kalye na yan..such a pity naka pangalan pa naman sa kanila ang lugar.

        2. illegal tricycles driven by minors 24/7 nagkakarera pa kapag madaling araw at nag iinuman pa sa mga pilahan ng tricycles

        may nagawa ba mga gordon diyan?

      • http://www.facebook.com/junnar.cangelus Junnar Cangelus

        alam mo ba na may landslide na nangyari sa isang barangay mountainside ..nailabas na ang biktima nasa ambulance na dumating ang idol mong small Dick ipinabalik sa site ang biktima para sa photo op ..pinalabas na kasama ang hinayupak mong idol kasama sa nagrescue..nakakatuwa ano ???

  • Guest

    Isa pa itong si Alan Cayetano, mahilig magmalinis pero saksakan naman ng corrupt. Pondo ng Taguig pinagpiyestahan nila ng kanyang asawang si Lani.

    • flip1sba

      Wala naman na malinis ng pulitiko dito. At least karamihan sa kanila.

    • patawad

      Nasaan na nga ba ang mga kahongkahon na ebidensiya niya kay Mr Arroyo? Matamis dila nitong bilog na to tuwing election time.

  • regd

    To appease the crowd, gringo says 370 MW electricity can be activated tomorrow or next week. He forgot the part were they actually attempted to activate some and unfortunately most of it broken down and has had to be shut down for repairs.

    So, what’s next pistolero?

  • pfckulapu_parin

    that’s my boy!!!
    matalino na, mestiso pa!!!

    • ernievictory

      …at sobrang bilib sa sarili . hamboggggggg…..

  • Ghumbgloof

    Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito, walang katorya-torya. Ginamit lang ang popularidad ng kanilang apelyido para pumalaot sa pulitika.

  • magsasakasanayon

    siyempre, dahil wala si dick gordon sa top 12, questionable ang survey. pero kung kasama siya, it’s gospel truth. anong utak kaya meron ito? dahil diyan, di kita ibobotong hunghang ka.

    • Wowie P

      kahit siya ang pinakanag serbisyo-publiko sa lahat ng kandidato?

  • joshmale2004

    Gordon is like saying Nancy and JV are paying their way up to the top of the survey.

  • calipso_2100

    Bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan ay…..
    ka-partidong si Binay.

  • Nic Legaspi

    When the pork barrel gets scrapped, we will begin to see who among these people have the sincere desire to serve our country. But then again, scrapping the PDAF is just wishful thinking…

  • Noypi11

    Kaawaawa itong si Gordon. Palibhasa’y walang partidong kumuha sa kaniya, sumali sa partido ng mga UNA sa kurakot, nakawan at mga mamamatay-tao. Kaya sa election talo siya tulad nina Estrada, Ejercito at Enrile.

    • patawad

      Una na rin sila sa kadaldalan!!!

  • padrefaura

    sino ba naman kasi ang gustong bumoto sa nambubutas ng pwet?

    • Mel Manalo

      nagmagaling na naman si padreputa

      • padrefaura

        Wahaha. Wala nang masabi kaya hanggang name calling na lang.

  • virgoyap

    Sa Red Cross na lang siya. He can serve well in that institution as Director.

  • Ako_Hiking

    The entire Philippines should focus on more things other than just surveys. These surveys give misguided perception of realities. The President should also not rely on surveys and see for himself what’s going on in the country.

  • Nina_W

    Gusto mo man si Gordon o hindi, maniwala ka man sa survey o hindi, para sakin kailangan mong gamitin ang boto mo sa kandidatong karapat-dapat—hindi dahil “winnable” siya kundi dahil naniniwala ka sa kaniyang kakayahan. Ano pa silbi ng boto mo kung iboboto mo rin lang yung “winnable” na? Hindi na nya kailangan ng boto mo.

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