Gordon files candidacy for Senate re-election

Gordon files candidacy for Senate re-election

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — With the fervor to continue to transform the
Philippines’ depressing state due to the COVID-19 pandemic to a
faster and stronger nation, Senator Richard J. Gordon today filed his
candidacy through his lawyer to seek re-election in the Senate.

He was not present to tend to his immune-compromised spouse, Katherine, and
was represented by Atty. Inky Reyes during the official filing of his
Certificate of Candidacy for Senator at Hotel Sofitel Manila this
afternoon.

Gordon, 76, is seeking to have a new and fresh mandate for another six-year
term, which will stretch his clean and efficient brand of public
service that had its genesis as the youngest delegate to the 1971
Constitutional Commission.

“It has been an honor serving the people over the last five years, but
there is so
much more to be accomplished. I am seeking re-election because there
is still a lot of work to do for this great country,” he said.

“Ito ang nais ko: maging instrumento para sana magkaisa. Kahit anong kulay ka,
kaliwa ka man o kanan, sa harap ka man o sa likod — magkakasama tayo.
Walang maiiwan,” he added.

As an effective lawmaker in the 17 th and 18 th Congress, Gordon has
authored and co-authored a total of 48 laws, 116 resolutions, and 146
bills.

Land-based and sea-based Overseas Filipino Workers are now eligible for
pension through the Social Security Act of 2018, judicial cases have
been sped up due to the Judges-at-Large Act, and small-time offenders
given a new lease on life through the Community Service Act of 2019.

Driver’s licenses’ validity was extended to five years, passports to a
decade, and small farmers got free irrigation services, all thanks to
laws authored by Gordon.

In addition to his lawmaking duties, Gordon has also been serving as chairman of
the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, leading to dramatic exposés and
punishment for those who have erred in government. He also chairs the Senate
committees on justice and human rights, and on government corporations
and public enterprises.

Currently, Gordon is on top of the Senate’s investigation of Pharmally
Pharmaceutical Corporation, an upstart company accused of entering
shady deals with government, providing substandard personal protective
equipment at an overprice.

Gordon merely shrugged off the distractions created by the executive
department, as the committee is nearing completion of a preliminary
report stemming from the weeks-long inquiry that has captivated the
country.
It may be recalled that Gordon led the Senate investigation that led to
Sandiganbayan convicting two of the highest-positioned Bureau of Immigration
commissioners, and a retired police colonel involved in accepting
PhP50 million bribes in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented
Chinese nationals in November 2016.

He also led the Senate investigation into PhP6.4-billion worth of drug
importations through the Port of Manila, which has led to the
expulsion of numerous crooks at the Bureau of Customs.

Another anomaly discovered was the issuance of the irrevocable Good Conduct
Time Allowance release to prisoners in exchange for bribes to several
officials of the Bureau of Corrections.

In his first term as Senator, the US$700 million NBN-ZTE deal was cancelled
altogether after a blue ribbon inquiry discovered that there was an
overprice, and an apparent attempt of several high-ranking government
officials to profit from the deal.

Gordon’s recommendations also led to the PhP1.16 million return of Sanofi for
the care of children who may have experience adverse side effects from
the Dengvaxia jab.

Aside from being a legislator, Gordon has continued to respond to the primary
concern of the Filipino families in staying healthy by serving as
volunteer chairman and chief executive officer of the Philippine Red
Cross (PRC), a position he has held since 2004.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, Gordon rallied the
PRC to augment the country’s response, acquiring testing kits and
ambulances during the first month of the pandemic.

The PRC has continued to serve as the country’s largest testing facility, which
has completed millions of swab tests in molecular laboratories
scattered across the nation.

“Hindi tayo mapapagod upang pagsilbihan ang ating mahal na taumbayan.
Lalaban at babangon tayong muli,” mentioned Gordon.

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