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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gordon hails P1-M bond for 2010 bets

SENATOR Richard Gordon yesterday welcomed a proposal by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) requiring a P1-million bond among those running for national positions in 2010 elections.

Gordon, author of the amended Automated Elections Law, said the proposal should encompass other aspects such as letting the government shoulder the campaign expenses of presidential candidates.

“The proposed regulation is good because it would stop ‘nuisance’ candidates from running in the presidential, vice presidential and senatorial elections,” he said.

Gordon earlier proposed that the government should shoulder the expenses for the electoral campaign of serious presidential candidates

He has also filed Senate Bill No. 2079 which proposes tri-media exposure for candidates, to present vision and platform of government through televised debates.

Gordon said his proposal is aimed at leveling the playing field among presidentiables, adding it is unfair that only candidates with sufficient campaign funds can hog the air times, which does not result to intelligent voting.

He further explained that his proposal would also see the end of prevailing situations where the top official of the land is beholden to those who contributed to his campaign fund and thus, making it difficult for him to deny favors they asked.

Ombudsman asked: What happened to Gordon’s cases

Meanwhile, a multi-sectoral group of non-government organizations yesterday asked the Office of the Ombudsman to reveal what has happened to three graft cases against Gordon involving P387 million during his term as Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chief.

The Crusade for a Better Philippines, which has more than 60 chapters nationwide and abroad, said the cases were filed way back in 2001 without any clear resolution to anyone.

Crusade Chairman Michael Say said the cases had been filed by former SBMA Internal Audit Services Department Manager Antonio Mendoza of Swordfish St., West Kalayaan, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Say said OMB Case 1-01-0548-F involved P135,273,702.48, OMB Case1-01-0549-F was for P142,881,340.50 and OMB Case 1-01-0550-F was for P109,419,766.93. By: Marlon Purificacion - Journal Online

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