Gordon, Belgica take another shot at Senate

Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - Richard "Dick" Gordon and Greco Belgica are taking another shot at the Senate.

Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila Friday. He is running under the Bagumbayan Party.

Speaking to reporters, Gordon was asked why he decided to run for the Senate and not the presidency.

Gordon, who was elected senator in 2004, gunned for the presidency in 2010 but lost to fellow Senator Benigno Aquino III. He also ran again for the Senate in 2013 but placed 13th.

Gordon noted that the presidential election in the country has become a race for the most popular candidate. "Sometimes, it's mere popularity," he lamented.

He urged the Filipino people to vote not just based on a candidate's name, but on his skills and capability to lead the nation.

"Dapat magbago na ang ating bayan. Palagi na lang tayong sumasama sa popular," he said. "Dapat may kakayahan, dapat humarap siya sa trabaho... May spirits."

"Kailangan baguhin natin ang kalakaran ng pagboto sa ating bansa para kahit na ikaw ay anak ng mahirap, balang araw ay kailangan mo lang ay talento at mahusay na party system para sa ganun ang party ang tutustos ng gastos mo," added Gordon.

Like Gordon, Greco Belgica is again throwing his hat in the 2016 senatorial elections.

Belgica, an independent candidate, said he will continue to push for a flat rate tax, not more than 10 percent across board, to replace the current tax system.

He will also push for the continuation of the investigation into the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which were allegedly used by several lawmakers to pocket public funds.

Belgica said there should also be a probe into the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used by the poll body.

"We are running not for the votes but for the voters. Our votes must be counted," he stressed.