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red cross warns richard gordon – do not use red cross in politics

gordon’s work at the red cross is a major component of richard gordon’s campaign. we see it in his ads and we hear him talk about it often. but the red cross is most effective when it is non-partisan. we have seen that all over the world where the red cross is always in every country where its services are needed. it does not matter the political affiliation, communist or democratic the point is the red cross is there where disasters are and where it is needed. the red cross in fact is one of the international agencies that we can depend on at a global scale.

this warning or reminder that the red cross gave gordon is fair and just right for it to do so. the red cross does not need to be publicized but gordon does. and while gordon’s work at the red cross is admirable, he needs to pull back and make sure his presidential ambition does not hurt the red cross.

ICRC warns Gordon: Don’t use Red Cross in politics

By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 08:15:00 02/19/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has cautioned presidential candidate Richard Gordon, a senator and chair of the local Red Cross, not to compromise the nonpartisan nature of the organization as it prepares to respond to the possible explosion of election-related violence in the run-up to national polls.

Jean Daniel Tauxe, head of the ICRC delegation in the Philippines, said at a recent media briefing at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Mandaluyong City that “a line must be drawn” between Gordon’s identity as chair of the Philippine National Red Cross and as a politician seeking the presidency.

Tauxe said the ICRC already had a meeting with the senator to discuss the matter. “I think it went very well. He is well aware that the Red Cross stands for impartiality, neutrality and independence,” he said.

Tauxe said the Geneva-based ICRC has no issue per se with Sen. Richard Gordon’s television ad showing him in a Red Cross jacket while helping victims of past typhoons.

He said Gordon’s “Silent Night” ad campaign was also not objectionable on its own, but that he must “take care not to cross the line.”


  1. O_O
    February 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Gordon sure knows his limits in this regard. And I mean that in an honest tone.

    • Joy
      February 25, 2010 at 9:46 am

      I agree Gordon knows his lmits..I believe in his works and accomplishments. sorry but the title of the article makes a bad impression for Gordon should not be the case.

  2. Rommel Borlongan
    February 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The title of this article is misleading. They make it sound as if Gordon is indeed using PNRC in his campaign. But if you will read the story, both Gordon and Tauxe are convinced that he is not using Red Cross in his political agenda. It’s just normal that people see Gordon in Red Cross jacket because he is still holding it’s chairmanship and both of the gentleman agree on that. Gordon know surely knows where the lines are drawn.

  3. Maria Santino
    March 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    It is obvious that DJ was being biased. Most probably a paid troll from Mar Roxas’s Camp…gosh that punk is a trapo in sheep’s clothing.

  4. Not a fan
    March 25, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Actually Gordon is really a politician first, humanitarian second. While there is nothing wrong with that, it is important he knows the limits. Helping people is about giving help without needing for recognition. Yet, that does not seem to be the case.

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