Gordon, Fernando tandem up for 2010 polls

December 1, 2009 2:33 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 1 –Senator Richard Gordon and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando formally announced on Tuesday their bid to run for the country’s top two positions.

Accompanied by wife Cynthia in a press conference at the Senate media room, Gordon said he would run for President under the Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines (VNP) party with Fernando as his running mate.

“The time has come for action and results! This is a partnership of proven change, transformers of hearts and minds, builders of character and communities for a better Philippines. The future of our country is in our hands. Together, we can build a BAGUMBAYAN,” Gordon said.

Gordon and Fernando will proceed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to file their certificates of candidacies (CoCs) after a wreath-laying ceremony at the monuments of Lapu-Lapu and Jose Rizal, the inspirations of the Bagumbayan-VNP party, at Bagumbayan (Rizal Park) in Manila.

Gordon said that the electorate should look into the track record of the candidates and study what they were consistently doing in their communities that made a difference in the lives of the people.

“Our country needs a leader and not just a political figure. We need leaders with vision, competence and track record. We need leaders who know not only what the country needs, but also what should be prioritized among those needs and how each necessity should be addressed,” he said.

Gordon has been a mayor of Olongapo City and founding chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). He turned Olongapo from a sin city into a model city and transformed the Subic naval base into a progressive Freeport.

As Secretary of Tourism, Gordon rejuvenated the country’s tourism industry with his “WOW Philippines!” campaign; and as chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), he made possible the organization’s modernization.

As senator, Gordon introduced measures that the country needs such as the Amended Automated Elections System Law, the Veterans Equity law, and the Tourism Act of 2009, among others.

On the other hand, Fernando, a three-term city mayor of Marikina, transformed the former municipality into one of the best-managed cities and a paradigm of responsive and effective governance. During his incumbency, Marikina City was accorded 55 citations and distinctions.

Fernando, who is also accompanied by wife Ma. Lourdes, introduced programs and projects that dramatically changed Metro Manila into a livable metropolis during his term as MMDA chairman. (PNA) RMA/jfm

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