Yes, shade in full #15 on your ballot on May 13, 2013! I remember during the last 2010 Presidential elections, I was very much active in campaigning for Richard (Dick) Gordon. Almost all articles, news, platforms and plans that he has, I make sure that I’m able to share with everyone (through social networks, my blog, word of mouth). Why? Because I really believe in him and in what he can do for the country that I wanted him to be the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Even though he didn’t make it to Presidency, I’m still very proud of him. Being the very competent and dedicated Chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), he has proven that the bayanihan in us, Filipinos, will never perish. I see PNRC, not only as a rescue agency during calamities or a blood-giving institution now, but also a home where people lead by example – PNRC volunteers who find extra time to help and see that helping others is a reward in itself. Nakakataba ng puso when you hear what the people they’ve helped have to say, and what these volunteers have done and what more they can do when it comes to helping. Just to share a personal experience, way back in high school, college and a few years back, I used to be part of a few outreach activities – teaching kids, outdoor activities/sportsfest with kids. It’s fun and comforting. Now, although I’m not as much active as before, I still continue this advocacy as a Champion for Children. UNICEF has been a family to me for three years already… and counting! I guess, this goes the same with what Gordon has instilled in many (especially the people he’s worked with) through his principles – help and lead by example. Find ways to inspire, communicate well by word and deed, have a vision and stick to it, extract values and display integrity. In one of Gordon’s past interviews, he said, “Nung may nakita akong kalat, pinulot ko. Alam mo ang ginawa nung iba, nagpulot din sila.” Nung nabasa ko ‘to, natuwa ako. Proves that the effects of even the smallest acts of kindness can last a lifetime.
I know many say (even before) that Gordon’s ambitious. But being ambitious isn’t negative, right, if being ambitious means you don’t always rely on everyone’s help. Kahit anong hirap, dapat magsumikap at hindi lang laging umaasa sa tulong. As he said, “There is no substitute for hard work. EXCEPT harder work.”
I like how his subordinates would say when they get interviewed – that Gordon has the right work ethic. “Bawal ang tamad. Lalong bawal ang tanga.” Sino bang may gusto ng tamad, ng tanga? Diba wala? Many say he speaks so arrogantly and harshly. Well, I can’t blame them. Medyo mayabang nga talaga syang magsalita, but for me, I balance on looking at a person’s good qualities and bad qualities. Kung mas matimbang naman ang kabutihan, hindi ito basta-basta mahihila ng mga di kanais-nais na pag-uugali. Saka ang kayabangan naman nadadala yan – tamang angas lang. Nasa tamang pagdadala lang yan hehe.
On the issue of poverty, Gordon said, “Poverty is not a choice that’s why you have to continue learning”. He encourages everyone (especially the poor) to learn a skill. That not everything you get is by chance or luck, but mostly by your skill. Sabi nga, nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa. God will help you if you help yourself. Work, save, invest and prosper. Address needs but always save. Save something.
Regardless of status and position, be independent and stand up for yourself. Learn from mistakes – own and other people’s. Gordon even joked about this in the press before, he said “If my being straightforward is a mistake, that’s a mistake I’ll keep on repeating.” Haha. If there’s a King for being so straightforward, Gordon would be a leading candidate. As straight as this – “I just didn’t like the idea that you can inherit the presidency. I just didn’t like the idea that you can buy the presidency. I just didn’t like the idea that people run based on names without track records. I have to be part of the debate.” Sa angas, 100 pogi points agad! Pogi points ’cause what he said has basis, it’s true, and it makes you think and say “Oo nga no”. Just because he gives a damn. For this country. His being straightforward may not be too appealing for many, but “being straightforward” is only a small part of him. There’s so much more about Dick Gordon.
Aside from these slogans that he’s known for, like
Aim high Olongapo!
Always First. Always Ready. Always There. Philippine Red Cross!,
what more can Gordon do?
Gordon’s direct plans for his second term if he gets re-elected as a senator (focus on Employment, Education and Safety):
1. Give everyone fair opportunity to earn.
2. Tourism will not only benefit Manila, but the whole country (even the provinces).
3. Higher (fair and just) pay for the teachers. More training for skilled teachers.
4. Integrate in school’s curriculum measures for calamities. Every barangay should have a Disaster Response Team. Prepare permanent evacuation centers.
5. Enrich technical vocation education.
6. In education, it’s not enough that you know how to read and write, but you should also know and understand well what you’re doing.
7. Give the books to those who have none, to public schools (since the fortunate ones are already using tablets/laptops in school).
If I could have all day to write this entry, I would’ve written even more. Haha. That’s because I support great leadership and good governance all the way! If you want more, go and get the facts straight from a live Senatorial debate on Harapan 2013 tomorrow, April 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM Philippine time on ABS-CBN, simulcast on ANC, Studio 23 and livestream on http://www.abs-cbnnews.com. See and hear from Gordon himself – his thoughts, plans and convictions, and BE INSPIRED. “Kapag nagsama ang lider at ang mga tao, lalabas ang galing ng Pilipino!” Kaya’t sa simpleng paraan na ito, makibahagi na! Manood, makilahok, makinig at maging mabusisi sa mga lider na iyong pipiliin. As they always say when there’s an election, VOTE WISELY!
To know more and learn more about Dick Gordon,
like his official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/senatorgordon,
follow Aksyon Gordon Team on Twitter, https://twitter.com/DickGordonDaily, and
follow Dick Gordon on Twitter, https://twitter.com/Aksyon_Gordon.
Also, Rappler did a great summary write-up on the background of Dick Gordon here: http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections-2013/data/candidates/senator/richard-gordon and http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections-2013/20710-gordon-country-isnt-working. Learn about other senatorial candidates too on the right sidebar of the first link.
KAY GORDON AKO! IKAW BA?