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Friday, June 19, 2009

Gordon to voters: Look at character, record

SENATOR Richard Gordon yesterday urged the Filipino voters to look at the character and the track record of the candidates but not the perakter in 2010 presidential election.

Gordon said that the political radio and television ads may be doing a disservice by projecting a false and deceptive image of those who have declared their intention to run as president in 2010.

“One of the real and true measures of a leader is his or her track record. How long have they been serving the interests of the poor? It would be deceptive if they just suddenly started helping the poor a year or two before the 2010 elections,” said Gordon in a radio interview.

The senator warned that the danger of this is that people will be swayed into voting for the person with the most money to spend on advertisements and eventually end up with a leader who cannot deliver on his/her promises.

Gordon, at the same time, batted for more presidential debates where candidates aspiring for the position can undergo scrutiny and their positions on various issues can be tested.

“Debates are one of the best ways to find out a person’s character, intelligence, and grasp of issues. TV commercials just show you what the candidates want you to see, in debates they reveal their real character and in seeing their character, people will find it easier to decide if they will vote for them or not,” said Gordon.

Gordon also said that the present situation arose because the Comelec has looked over the provision of the laws against premature campaigning and pointed out that this has created a playing field that favors moneyed politicians.

--By. Marlon Purificacion – Tonight

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