Thursday, January 28, 2010

Who is Richard Dick Gordon, About Richard Gordon

Richard J. Gordon, called Dick, was born in Zambales to a half-American father and a Filipino mother. 

"I had pretty good life. Olongapo was a nice town." 

Gordon saw the transition after the Americans left the bases. 

"As usual, when something as wealthy as a town like Olongapo run by Americans was transferred, appointed officials took over and my father fought these guys until he became the first elected Mayor of Olongapo City. 

Gordon got his first job in Proctor and Gamble, a job he says was the pick of the lot. When his father was assassinated after three attempts, he left Proctor & Gamble and returned to his family. He was his mother's campaign manager in her candidacy for mayor. Eventually, he becamse a lwayer, then mayor. 

"The first thing I did was call the people together. I said we will prepare for the withdrawal of bases. That's how the Free Port of Subic was born in 1980. We've done very, very well." 

On Erap and the ashfall that started it all

Gordon says Estrada had always held a grudge against him because they had clashed on the bases. 

"He got mad at me when he dropped his cigarette at the city hall. I picked it up and put it in an ashtray and said, 'In spite of the fact that we are having a hard time on Pinatubo, we still manage to maintain our sanitation habits.'

"I don't think he ever forgot that. So I became Administrative Order No. 1. I was removed." 

After Estrada was removed, Gordon was appointed Secretary of Tourism.

On why it is his duty to run for President

Gordon says he still could have run for the Senate. 

"I knew I could win. I could win it easily. I have a pretty good track record. I've after all did automated elections, the tourism law, the International Humanitarian Law. I did Blue Ribbon rather well. I did government corporations rather well. I'm pretty good with what I do."

But he believes executives should run the government. To run for senate again would be turning his back on the Filipino people. 

"I didn't need another time in the Senate. I could go back to the Senate, no. There's no more time."

The country, he says, would benefit from his experience.

"After all, name me any other other candidate that has become Concon delegate at a very young age, who's a lawyer, that became a mayor, that became chairman of Subic Bay, that improved our economy dramatically and took out the yoke of American presence here, that became Secretary of Tourism against a sea of a negativism, then became Senator of the Republic and did all those laws, and at the same time, 43 years fighting disaster."

On why he is not afraid of anyone's parents, money or name 

Others have already begun campaigning. 

"Hindi ako takot sa pera ninyo, hindi ako takot sa mga pangalan ninyo, ng mga tatay at nanay ninyo, ng mga limpak limpak na salapi ninyo." [I am not afraid of your money; I am not afraid of your names; I am not afraid of your fathers and mothers, I am not afraid of your millions.]

On why surveys are not important—yet

He is not against surveys, but he is unhappy with the fact they are early. He feels they should come out days before the campaign. 

"The surveys have a way of getting money for the politician who wants to run. They put money into advertising. One candidate did that. In May, he spent 114 Million pesos and then had a survey done in June and then published it. Then he got up, dramatically. And when he got up he thought he was all the way up , people started to believe in money then Cory Aquino died he went down again and so really its just a lot of manipulation right now."

Even with his current low rankings in the surveys—taken, he says, without his consent—he feels he can win. There are many months ahead.

"I'm a risk taker. I'm going all out."

IRON FIST: Bayani Fernando for Vice President

Bayani Flores Fernando is 63 years old, born in San Juan, and brought up in Marikina. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer at the Mapua Institute of Technology. After 25 years in private business, he decided to shift careers, and decided public service was the next best thing. After all, his father was mayor of Marikina. Three terms later, Fernando was appointed Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority. 

Fernando believes in building character.

"I did a lot of physical changes in Marikina, believing that man by nature adapts himself to his physical environment, and I want to change the social behavior of this community, and I converted my passion for building structures to passion in building character."


Fernando's Metro Gwapo is pink. "There's that saying, 'In the pink of health.' The color of healthy flesh of human flesh is actually pink, so that stands for the healthy community."

On posters, endorsements and being Hitler

Fernando sees nothing wrong in the MMDA-funded signs posted across the metro bearing his face. He says they are used to promote the MMDA's advocacies. 

"My face is there to attract attention. I have that observation that Filipinos, they see any instructions or any note, they came across any signage, first thing they ask is, "Who said so?" 

"It's the same thing as, why do we have the picture of Sharon Cuneta in those commercials? We need that endorser and I am that endorser. 

"I'm the Hitler."

On psychological warfare

He says only very few disagree witrh his more authoritarian methods of implementing laws. He cannot please everybody, he says, and it cannot be helped that there are losers. He works for the benefit of many.

"Contrary to what people may think, we are not punishing anybody. As a matter of fact, in my 17 and a half years of public service as mayor and chairman of MMDA, I have not committed anyone to jail. And most of all wala akong pinapatay na tao. [I have not killed anybody]. 

"All these things that you've been hearing like pouring kerosene on the goods of the sidewalks, actually, I have never done that. I have said it once as a psy-war, part of our psychological warfare 

On why "The Rights of a Child" should be kept away from children

Fernando believes in censorship, especially on broadcast television, because of its impact of the minds of the people. 

"We have to stop putting ideas in the minds of the people, or wrong reasons that would tend to spoil the society."

We must protect the youth, he says. 

"They came out on television with the Rights of the Child. Well, we should know these things but it should not be broadcasted for the young to hear. It would be so bad because when the young hear this, it might get him to think that he has the liberty to do anything because the young mind has to be supervised. We don't let him hear those things without supervision. You're really going to spoil him. "

Why Vote for Richard Gordon and Bayani Fernando?

Strong character, make a strong man with strong conviction and strong will; and as a leader, he will build a strong organization. Therefore when elected President he will build a strong Country. To be a strong Country, it must have a vibrant economy, hard working people and productive citizens with highly active business acumen. That is the goal of Epic Ventures, a group composed of strong willed members deciding to join forces to make the Philippine an economic tiger.
If you believe in these principle, join us in support the rise of strongmen who will lead us to the summit, the goal and the rightful place to put our country among the great nations on earth. Vote the leaders who possess the iron will, experienced Executives, a turn-around-savvy leaders to transform the Philippines out from the pit we are now in.
Most of the political promises are jokes, we can no longer afford to put our votes to the promises in the weak basket; it will comes out as soon as promises reaches you ears. Political promises are uttered in the wind, not intended to fulfill them, just a political words to get your voted counted on their favors.
Let our force be solid, solidly behind the Iron Will, the doers and transformers; because our country needs to turn around. Lets go for Dick Gordon for President and Bayani Fernando for Vice President!
posted by Paul Dalde

Update Philippine Election 2010

William M. Esposo was reacting to the performance of Noynoy during MBC question & answer forum in which he quoted his answers to the forum composed of captains in industry was awesomely very well unquote, to frame the long presentation in my words.
If the basis of performance is what the man said instead of what he have done is wrong; and the promise to do good for the people is like Obama promising a change you can believe in; what happen now, NOTHING!
Noynoy had been in politics, his first job and only job until now from being a Congressman and now Senator did not provide good things for the people, why believe now that he can? The truth is, like Obama, it was all shrill voices from the aura bequeathed from his parents that the people expected from the anointed one. 12 years is long period to just lay over, with passing years of blank performance, unlike his father who provided a shining promise by his actions and utterances until the day of his last gleaming.
Our country and her people can no longer afford the promises of a politician, maging segurista na tayo, vote for the proven turn-around executives, the doers and transformers, vote Gordon/Fernando tandem.
posted by Paul Dalde

Gun Ban in Western Visayas

The number of violators further soared from 31 to 34 persons arrested for the violation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban in Western Visayas. 

This was the data released recently by the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) Operations and Plans Division where majority of violators were apprehended in various police checkpoints throughout the region. 

Among those arrested were mostly civilian violators including a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a government employee. 

S/Supt. Ricardo Dela Paz, chief of PRO-6's Operations and Plans Division, said a total of 28 firearms, six bladed weapons and a fragmentation grenade have been confiscated. 

Still leading in the number of arrest for violations of the Comelec resolution on total gun ban was Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) with 10 violators; Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and Capiz Provincial Police Office (CPPO) with six arrests each; Antique Provincial Police Office (APPO) with four; and, Aklan Provincial Police Office (APPO) with three arrest. 

On the other hand, the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) and Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) that have zero apprehensions for a couple of weeks since the Comelec gun ban was implemented on Jan. 10 finally broke their unstained record lately with two arrests each. 

While the Guimaras Provincial Police Office (GPPO) had also a lone arrest on gun ban. 

Dela Paz said these violators have already been charged in various courts in the region for violation of the Omnibus Election Code on total gun ban.

Free Medical Checkup in Valenzuela

About 1,000 residents of Barangay Gen. T. De. Leon in Valenzuela City were provided with free medical, dental and eye consultations and medicines during a medical mission by the local government. 

The medical mission is in line with the national government's efforts to provide health care for its marginalized citizens. 

This was made possible when the city's mobile health clinics and pharmacy visited Galguerra, Abalos Bukid, in Gen. T. De Leon last Sunday. 

The health mission is part of Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian's comprehensive health development program for the Valenzuelanos. 

Aside from general medical procedures and dental services, other laboratory services conducted were ECG, FBS and urinalysis. 

Among the medicines distributed were kids and adult vitamins, paracetamol, cough, flu medicines, antibiotics, and de-worming tablets. 

Doctors and staff of the city health office and its special project office made the activity possible. 

Some 500 residents, majority of which were elderly, availed of free eyeglasses provided by Pastor Sonny Tiquia "Sagip Tanaw" project. 

Dorothy Evangelista of the special projects office announced that on Jan. 31, the city's medical teams will go to Lamesa St. (near Gentex Plastic), Barangay Ugong, and on Feb. 7, it will come to Don Pedro, Barangay Marulas for similar mission. (PNA)

Jason Ivler Can't Be Extradited to the U.S.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday road rage murder suspect Jason Aguilar Ivler cannot yet be extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for his failure to appear in court to face dangerous drugs charges. 

"Our process of extradition is such that a person who has a pending case here in our country cannot be extradited," NBI Spokesman Atty. Ricardo Diaz said. 

Ivler is accused of shooting to death Renato Ebarle Jr., a son of Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. of the Presidential Management Staff in Malacanang, during a traffic altercation in Quezon City last November 18. 

"If he is convicted, he should first serve his sentence here and undergo the process before he is turned over to U.S. authorities," Diaz said. 

"Before we turn over a person, who is a subject of an extradition request of another country, whether he is a citizen or not of other country, he should first secure a clearance from the Philippines," he stressed. 

Ivler, a son of Marlene Aguilar-Pollard, is also facing criminal charges for direct assault, frustrated murder and attempted murder for resisting arrest and shooting it out with NBI agents while he was being arrested last January 18 in his residence in Blue Ridge, Quezon City. 

Two agents of the NBI were wounded during the shootout. 

The road rage suspect is a member of the United States Marines Corps and had served in Iraq. (PNA)

Filipino Catholic priests have donated P1 million to Haiti

Filipino Catholic priests have donated P1 million to the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti two weeks ago. 

The donation was collected during the Mass held on Wednesday at the celebration of the 2nd National Congress of the Clergy at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, where 5,500 priests attended. 

According to Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, director of the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the collection was the participants' way of helping the Haiti quake victims. 

"That was a concrete expression of solidarity with the brethren of that country," he said. 

Quitorio also said that the talk of Papal Household preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa had touched the topic of the victims of calamities. 

"At one of the talks of Fr. Cantalamesa, he exhorted the 5,000 priests to find the body of Christ in the Eucharist among the poor — which may include even victims of calamities," Quitorio said. 

Last January 24, all parishes in the country had a second collection intended for the Haiti earthquake victims, upon the request of CBCP president Nereo Odchimar. 

The Tandag prelate said that they are ready to help the victims of the tremors and will continue to pray for the family of those who died, those who were injured and for their immediate recovery. 

"We pray for those who have perished, for the injured and for the displaced at this difficult and sad time," he said. (PNA)

PND Day Celebration

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the Philippine National Police (PNP) 19th anniversary celebration on Friday. 

During the occasion three police officers who showed courage and bravery against criminal elements in separate armed engagements last year will lead individual awardees this year. 

President Arroyo will present the medals and citations to PNP units and personnel. She will be assisted by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and National Police Commission (Napolcom) Chairman Ronaldo Puno and PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa. 

Topping this year's awardees is Insp. Christopher Obien, of the 306th Provincial Mobile Group, who will receive "Medalya ng Katapangan" (PNP Bravery Medal) for conspicuous courage and gallantry when he figured in an encounter with three armed robbers who held-up a passenger bus along EDSA on May 21, 2009. 

Obien single handedly neutralized the armed robbery and saved the bus passengers from harm. 

The President will also award similar Medalya ng Katapangan award to two members of the Taguig City Police Station who bravely engaged heavily armed members of the notorious Alvin Flores Group that staged a daring robbery at the Greenbelt 5 Mall in Makati City on October 19, 2009. 

SPO1 Cesar Tiglao and PO1 Efren Ceniza Jr. were cited for gallantry in action for successfully preventing the heavily armed robbers from pulling off the robbery resulting in the killing of one suspect and the recovery of the loot consisting of expensive Rolex and Tudor men's watches. 

The other individual awardees are Supt. Nereo Torrecampo, "Medalya ng Kadakilaan" (PNP Heroism Medal) for conspicuous courage displayed as team leader of the PNP team that rescued some 500 victims of storm Ondoy in Cainta, Rizal on September 26, 2009; Senior Supt. William Macavinta, "Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod" (PNP Special Service Medal) for highly commendable and invaluable service rendered in co-hosting a marathon broadcast that attended to requests for police assistance from Ondoy's victims last year. 

President Arroyo will also award the "Medalya ng Katangitanging Gawa" (PNP Outstanding Achievement Medal) to selected PNP officers and personnel for outstanding individual achievements, namely, Chief Supt. George Regis, for distinguished achievement in drafting the oath-taking procedures and successful implementation of the conferment of the PNP badge of honor to all PNP uniformed personnel nationwide.

Pinoy Soldiers Died in Haiti Earthquake

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Wednesday set a new timetable for the return of the three of its personnel who died following a recent earthquake in Haiti where they were deployed on a peacekeeping mission, 

"Either over the weekend or early next week," Armed Forces public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner told reporters in a press briefing at the military's general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo on the return of the soldiers. 

The three – Navy Data Processor 3 Pearly Panangui, Army Sgt. Eustacio Bermudez and Air Force Sgt. Janice Arocena – were trapped at the Christopher Hotel, home of the UN in Haiti where they were doing clerical jobs. 

Another Filipino, UN civilian staff Jerome Yap, also died at the hotel. His body may be transported to US where his parents live. 

Brawner last week said that the three, escorted by Filipino peacekeepers led by Maj. Steve Ducusin, will arrive last Monday. On Tuesday, Brawner said the remains of the peacekeepers may arrive Manila today. 

Brawner said the bodies of the peacekeepers are still at the Dominican Republic where UN forensic experts are subjecting them to test. 

"They still have to undergo more forensic tests because forensic experts of the United Nations do not want to release the bodies just like that. They still have to have a 100 percent match between the body and the identity (of the soldiers)," said Brawner. 

Brawner said they have already sent initial fingerprint and dental records of the three to the UN. "Today, we are trying to get (more) records from the NBI..anything that would ascertain their identity" the official said. 

He said forensic examinations on peacekeepers, deployed under the UN, is normal. In one instance, it took a Filipino colonel - who died of malaria while on a peacekeeping mission in Liberia – four days before his body was transported to Philippines.

NBI Files More Cases vs Jason Ivler

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed on Wednesday morning additional charges of direct assaults with frustrated and attempted murder against Jason Ivler in connection with the January 18 shootout in his Quezon City house that resulted in the wounding of the murder suspect himself and two bureau officers. 

NBI Director Nestor M. Mantaring said Ivler's mother, Marlene Aguilar, was also slapped with the same charges as accomplice. 

"Additional charges were filed against Jason Ivler as principal, while his mother, Marlene Aguilar, is facing the same charges as accomplice. The charges were filed at the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office this morning," Mantaring said. 

The direct assaults with frustrated murder was in connection with the wound inflicted on Special Investigator Anna Lira Labao of the NBI Intelligence Services, while the direct assaults with attempted murder was for the wound sustained by lawyer Angelito Magno, chief of the Special Action Unit (SAU), the NBI director added. 

This developed as Asian Development Bank (ADB) British consultant Stephen Pollard, stepfather of Ivler, was invited to appear at the NBI on Thursday to shed light into the incident. 

"He is not yet off the hook. He was invited to appear at the NBI Special Action Unit (SAU) on Thursday," Mantaring said. 

The NBI director said the illegal possession of firearms was absorbed in the indirect assaults charges. 

After "Anak" hitmaker Freddie Aguilar cried foul on the alleged illegal search conducted by the NBI inside his house in New Manila to find his nephew Jason Aguilar Ivler weeks ago, the bureau defended its move, saying it used a warrant of arrest and not search warrant in conducting the operation. 

Head Agent Ross Bautista, executive officer of the Office of the Intelligence Services, said the NBI operatives were armed with warrant of arrest for Ivler's case so the operation was legitimate.