Gordon chooses Binay for 2016 presidency

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 29 2013 12:36 AM | Updated as of Apr 29 2013 08:53 AM

MANILA - Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon on Sunday night said he will support Vice-President Jejomar Binay if the opposition leader runs for President in 2016.

Gordon, who is running under the Binay-led United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), gave the straightforward answer during the ABS-CBN "Harapan 2013" debate among 9 senatorial candidates at La Consolacion College in Manila.

"Kung mapili si Binay, siya. I'm a loyal party man," he said.

Gordon, during the course of the debate, also answered various questions on why he wants to return to the Senate.

"NGANGA. No govenment action, no government ability. Pumili ng tama para 'di NGANGA," he said, playing up an acronym.

He also said the death penalty should not be reimposed to curb crime.

"I am against it. Mahina ang kapasidad ng mga pulis natin, walang abogado ang mahihirap. Pag nagkamali [sa hustisya], di na maibabalik [ang buhay]," he said.

Gordon also wants the establishment of a neighborhood watch system to prevent crimes. "Dapat nakatugon ang mga senador sa mga henious crime."

Asked what he thinks can solve unemployment, the former Olongapo City mayor answered, "tourism."

"Papasok ang mangangalakal sa tourism, magkakaroon ng trabaho," he said.

Gordon was the lone opposition senatorial candidate who joined the April 28 Harapan 2013 debate.

UNA candidates Ernesto Maceda and Mitos Magsaysay joined the April 21 debate.