Sunday, August 12, 2007

Gordon starts 2010 presidential derby early


Gordon starts 2010 presidential derby early
By Christina Mendez
Philippine Star
Monday, August 6, 2007

Sen. Richard Gordon revealed plans yesterday to cast his lot in the 2010 presidential derby with Senators Manuel Villar Jr. and Manuel Roxas II.

Apparently irked by the maneuvering of the Liberal and the Nacionalista parties where Roxas and Villar respectively belong, Gordon said that he too has trained his sights to replace President Arroyo three years from now.

Gordon gave a straight answer when asked in an interview over dzBB radio yesterday if he plans to run for president.

“Well, I am available,” he said, adding that he would be lying if he didn’t admit the presidency was on his mind. Many have asked him to run in the past three presidential elections, he said.

Gordon said he is planning to form a new political party that aims to push for the interest of the Filipinos, and to run on a platform that is pro-people.

He revealed that several groups have been egging him to run for president since 1992 but he had to reconsider his options.

In 1992, he saw the need to help his provincemates in Olongapo who were displaced by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, while his presidential plans were also stalled in 1998 and 2004.

Those times were too hectic, he said. “Maybe in 2010. Most probably,” Gordon served as mayor of Olongapo City and later became chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Before he became senator, he was also appointed as secretary of the Department of Tourism.

Asked if those with strong party support would have advantage over him who has yet to have a party machinery, Gordon noted that political parties in the country have no specific platforms unlike the Republicans and Democrats in the United States.

“What I am saying is that the Liberal Party and the Nacionalista Party, at the moment, both have nothing to offer the country. They have nothing to offer — never had anything to offer in the past,” Gordon said. “They have nothing, except for personality.”

Asked for comment, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said: “Nobody is counting out Gordon in 2010. All who are qualified to run have the right to dream of being president.”

Sen. Francis Escudero, who claims he does not consider himself as presidential timber yet for 2010, said he respects Gordon’s decision.

Of the 23-member Senate in the 14th Congress, the other presidential wannabes are Senators Loren Legarda and Jamby Madrigal.

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