RICHARD J. GORDON
A.B. History & Government ’66 (Ateneo de Manila University)
Bachelor of Laws, ’75(University of the Philippines)
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Mr. Gordon was a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines from 2004 to 2010 and ran for President based on the platform of “transformational politics” in the national presidential elections of 2010. Sen. Gordon is the primary author of, among many other pieces of legislation of national significance, the Automated Elections Law, the WWII Veterans Compensation Law, the “International Humanitarian Law Act” which allowed the prosecution in the Philippines of international war crimes and atrocities committed abroad, the Food Donation Act, and the National Tourism Policy Act of 2009. As Chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, Sen. Gordon’s committee findings into the PhP728-Million Fertilizer Fund Scam and the anomalous US$329Million National Broadband Network – ZTE Deal served as the basis for the filing of plunder charges against a former President and other former government officials. Before his election as Senator, he served the country as the Secretary of the Department of Tourism from 2001 to 2004. As Secretary of Tourism, he came up with the “WOW Philippines” slogan which ushered in a new era of tourist arrivals. His successful stint as tourism czar got him elected in absentia as President of the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Before his tenure in the Cabinet, Sen. Gordon became the first Chairman and Administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) from 1992 to 1998. During his stint as Chairman, more than 40,000 jobs were created, and approximately U.S.$1.0 Billion in pledged and actual investments were made. Before the SBMA, Sen. Gordon wasMayor of Olongapo City for 12 years (1980-1992). Hewas likewise elected as the youngest delegate of the 1971 Constitutional Convention which revisedthe 1935 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. Among his many socio-civic and philanthropic endeavors, Sen. Gordon has served as governor of the Philippine Red Cross since 1986, taking active roles in rescue, relief and rehabilitation in various disasters from shipwrecks, typhoons, 1990 earthquake in Cabanatuan, 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, 2004 landslides in Aurora, Quezon and 2006 Ginsaugun, Southern Leyte mudslide and the PhilSports Arena stampede. He was elected Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross in 2005 and serves in this capacity to this day. Sen. Gordon holds the distinction of being the secondFilipino member of the Board of Governors of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC). He garnered the “Outstanding Filipino Award” given by the Philippine Jaycees Senate and given the “Most Outstanding Alumnus Award” from the University of the Philippines. He was also given the Upsilonian Noble and Outstanding Award (UNO) by the Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association, inc.Sen. Gordonalso anchored his own public service television and radio programs: “Aksyon Solusyon” on 92.3 News FM, and “AksyonTV” free channel TV 41(channel 29 in Cebu and Davao), and “Duelo” on AksyonTV free (UHF) TV 41.