"What this Country needs is not a change OF men but a change IN men" March 1980

Monday, April 16, 2012


In 2004, Dick Gordon was elected Senator of the Republic of the Philippines with 12,707,151 votes, finishing 5th place among the elected Senators in this batch.
In the first half of his term as a Senator in the 13th Congress, Dick Gordon accomplished the following:
1. Authored 79 bills and 29 resolutions advocating political reform, justice, job creation, education, and disaster preparedness. He is primarily recognized for passing two significant bills in the Senate, namely the new automated election system law for fast, accurate and credible elections, and the holiday economics bill for spurring domestic tourism, employment and socio-economic growth.
2. Passed the very first law in the 13th Congress, Republic Act No. 9333, fixing the regular elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and several other important laws, including Republic Act No. 9369, the new Automated Elections System law; Republic Act No. 9334, the sin tax law; Republic Act No. 9399 and 9400, fixing the tax regime in Special Economic Zones and Freeports of Clark and Poro Point; Republic Act No. 9492, the holiday economics law; Republic Act No. 9346, the abolition of the death penalty law; and Republic Act No. 9367, the Biofuels Act of 2007.
3. Convinced IPU member countries to participate in the 112thInter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, where he also proposed a resolution on behalf of the Philippine delegation which was adopted, recognizing the role of parliaments in the prevention, rehabilitation, reconstruction and protection of groups that are vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, and further encouraging the creation of Regional Disaster, Training, Logistics and Reaction Centres in collaboration with international humanitarian organizations and their local counterparts such as the Philippine National Red Cross as well as local disaster coordinating councils to train local field disaster response teams, share international technical know-how, expertise, technology and other information relating to disaster prevention training, and management
4. Chaired the following Committees – (i) Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws; (ii) Government Corporations and Public Enterprises; and (iii) Tourism. Dick Gordon was also a member of 23 other Senate Committees, namely:
1. Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies
2. Blue Ribbon
3. Cultural Communities
4. Economic Affairs
5. Education, Arts and Culture
6. Energy
7. Environment and Natural Resources
8. Finance
9. Foreign Relations
10. Health and Demography
11. Justice and Human Rights
12. Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development
13. Local Government
14. National Defense and Security
15. Peace, Unification and Reconciliation
16. Public Information and Mass Media
17. Public Order and Illegal Drugs
18. Public Services
19. Public Works
20. Trade and Commerce
21. Ways and Means
22. Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement
23. Youth, Women and Family Relations
5. Led the Senate to come together for a Strategic Planning Caucus at the start of the 13th Congress to address the most urgent problems of the nation. He authored proposed Senate Resolution No. 56, which was adopted and became Senate Resolution No. 8, entitled Resolution Calling a Caucus of All Senators to Identify Strategic Measures and Priority Legislation to Effectively and Efficiently Solve the Most Urgent Problems of our Nation. Through his efforts, Dick Gordon united the Senate to pass enabling legislation to solve the country’s budget deficit and fiscal debt, as well as equipped the Senators with many important facts to pass necessary legislation on fiscal reforms, financial reforms, job and income generation, security and peace and order, and education and health.
6. Upheld the supremacy of the Constitution at all times. Though he may not have voted for the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, he has repeatedly sworn to preserve and defend it. As Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws, Dick Gordon insisted on the lawful process of charter change only according to the process set forth in the Constitution. He opposed unconstitutional ways of proposing charter change, and was one of the triumphant parties in the case of Lambino et al. vs. COMELEC, G.R. No. 174153, October 25, 2006, which declared infirm the people’s initiative orchestrated in 2006.
7. Preserved the separation of powers in government and asserted the Senate’s constitutional right and duty to conduct inquiries in aid of legislation against Executive Order No. 464 in Senate, et al. vs. Ermita, G.R. No. 169777, April 20, 2006, and Executive Order No. 1 in Sabio vs. Gordon, et al., G.R. No. 174340, October 17, 2006. In Sabio, he was upheld as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises in his resolve to investigate the accountability of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) in managing the government’s interest in Philippine Communications Satellite Corporation (PHILCOMSAT), pursuant to the Constitutional precept that public office is a public trust.
8. Resolute as a staunch advocate of civil liberties. He has fought numerous times to protect the fundamental liberties of the people guaranteed by the Constitution under threat by extrajudicial killings and abductions, Calibrated Preemptive Response (CPR), Presidential Proclamation No. 1017, etc.
9. Was the first to speak against extrajudicial killings of journalists and judges. He has consistently supported giving a high premium on justice as part of the basic duty of the State to protect and serve the people. Knowing how it is to be a victim of crime when his father was assassinated but refusing to take the law into his own hands, he denounced the numerous assassinations of journalists, judges, politicians, activists, etc. and called for swift action to deliver justice.
10. Advocated electoral reform and protection of the people’s right of suffrage. He principally authored and sponsored Republic Act No. 9369, the new Automated Election System law, to bring forth election modernization and minimize election fraud.
In the second half of his term as a Senator in the 14th Congress, Dick Gordon has accomplished the following:
1. Authored 106 bills and 56 resolutions, advocating political reform, public order, health, justice, job creation, education and disaster preparedness. He is recognized for passing several significant bills in the Senate, namely, the Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions and Benefits Act which allows veterans to receive pensions from both Philippine and United States Governments; the Tourism Act of 2007 which provides for the strengthening of the tourism industry through strengthened promotion and the formation of Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs); and the Act Penalizing Violations Against International Humanitarian Law which ensures the protection of persons in times of armed conflict.

2. Passed, as sponsor, the following bills: Republic Act No. 9499, the Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions and Benefits; Republic Act No. 9593, the Tourism Act of 2007; Republic Act No. 9803, the Food Donation Act; Republic Act No. 9851, Penalizing Violations of International Humanitarian Law; Republic Act No. 9903, Establishing a one-time SSS Condonation Program; Republic Act No. 9996, Creating the Mindanao Economic Development Authority (MinDA); Republic Act No. 10023, Extending Free Patent to Residential Lands; Republic Act No. 10072, Philippine Red Cross Charter; and Republic Act No. 10073, Girl Scouts of the Philippines Charter.
3. Co-authored the following important laws: Republic Act No. 9496, Extending Utilization Period of ACEF; Republic Act No. 9500, creating the University of the Philippines Charter of 2007; Republic Act No. 9504, Small Income and Minimum Wage Earners Exemption from Filing of Individual Income Tax Returns; Republic Act No. 9513, the Renewable Energy Act of 2007; Republic Act No. 9576, the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation Charter of 2008; Republic Act No. 9679, strengthening the Pag-IBIG Charter; Republic Act No. 9710, the Magna Carta of Women; and Republic Act No. 9993, Philippine Coast Guard Law.
4. Member of the Bicameral Conference Committee of Republic Act No. 9700, CARP Extension with Reforms; and Joint Resolution No. 36, the New Salary Standardization Scheme for Government Employees.
5. Authored and sponsored the following legislative initiatives which are on third reading, pending in the House of Representatives, or awaiting the President’s approval: Senate Bill No. 2162, Adlaw ni Lapu-Lapu; Senate Bill No. 2590, an Act proposing Nine Rays on the Sun on the Philippine Flag; Senate Bill No. 3086, the Philippine Disaster Risk Management Act of 2009.

6. Chairs the following Committees[1]– (i) Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon); and (ii) Government Corporations and Public Enterprises. Appointed Vice-Chair of the following Committees – (i) Ethics and Privileges; (ii) Finance; and (iii) National Defense and Security. Dick Gordon is also a member of 23 other Senate Committees, namely:
1. Accounts
2. Agriculture and Food
3. Civil Service and Government Reorganization
4. Climate Change
5. Constitutional Amendments, Revisions of Codes and Laws
6. Cooperatives
7. Education and Culture
8. Energy
9. Environment and Natural Resources
10. Foreign Relations
11. Games, Amusement and Sports
12. Health and Demography
13. Labor, Employment and Human Resource Management
14. Local Government
15. Public Information and Mass Media
16. Public Order and Illegal Drugs
17. Public Services
18. Public Works
19. Rules
20. Science and Technology
21. Tourism
22. Trade and Commerce
23. Ways and Means
24. Youth, Women and Family Relations
7. As Chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, spearheaded the investigation on the 2004 P728-million Fertilizer Fund Scam, promptly releasing Committee Report No. 254 which recommended amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the Government Procurement Reform Act; and on the assailed ZTE National Broadband Contract, resolved under Committee Report No. 743 with recommendations to prosecute key government personalities for violations of the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and to enact a Whistleblower Bill of Rights.
8. Member of the Senate Contingent to the Commission on Appointments.
9. Opposed the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao. He challenged the constitutional validity of Proclamation No. 1959, arguing that the requisites for Martial Law did not exist.

[1] As of June 2, 2010.

Sen. Richard J. Gordon
13th and 14th Congress (2004-2010)
Republic Act No. 9369
New Automated Elections System Law (author and sponsor)
· Renders the AES technology-neutral to allow Comelec to use the best available election technology with demonstrated capability
· We can use whatever technology is appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective.
· No more“dagdag-bawas” and wholesale cheating, with results simultaneously transmitted to the municipal/city, provincial, national Board of Canvassers so that in a few hours, all votes are counted
Republic Act No. 9499
Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions and Benefits Act of 2008 (author and sponsor)
· Allows Filipino veterans currently residing in the country to receive their pensions from both Manila and Washington
· Will benefit more than half of the estimated 16,000 surviving Filipino WWII veterans or their surviving spouses who stand to receive $9,000 if a Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines, or $15,000 if a US citizen under the US Economic Stimulus Bill of 2009.
Republic Act No. 9593
Tourism Act of 2008 (author & sponsor)
· Strengthens government tourism promotions by creating the Tourism Promotions Board
· Institutionalizes the regulation and accreditation of tourism services
· Grants income tax holiday and import duty exemptions for registered tourism industry enterprise zones
Republic Act No. 9728
Creating the Freeport Area of Bataan (sponsor)
· Aims to revive the ailing Mariveles Special Economic Zone, the country’s first Ecozone, through the creation of a Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB)
Republic Act No. 9803
Food Donation Act (author and sponsor)
· Protects all persons against civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging or condition of apparently wholesome food (clean excess food, not leftovers) that it donates in good faith for charitable purposes
· Not intended as a dole-out, the donation provides sustenance for the hungry as they train for livelihood and employment programs
· The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the law was signed on May 21, 2010, establishing the DSWD as the principal coordinating agency together with the PNRC as auxiliary for the implementation
· Donated food shall meet all quality and labeling standards as certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Republic Act No. 9851
An Act Penalizing Violations of International Humanitarian Law (author and sponsor)
· Penalizes violations against international humanitarian law in compliance with the country’s treaty obligations under the Geneva Conventions of 1949
· Seeks to ensure protection of civilians and prisoners of war in times of armed conflict
· Ensures “no safe haven” for war criminals
Republic Act No. 9903
SSS Condonation Law (author and sponsor)
· Allows a one-time condonation program from payment of penalties for an estimated 287,631 private employers (2007) who are delinquent in the payment of the mandatory contributions, translating to a total delinquency of P14.6 Billion.
· Aggrieved workers who could not avail of loans and other benefits because their employers had not remitted their contributions have become members in good standing
· Employers shall pay downpayment of at least 5% of the total contribution delinquency and pay the remaining balance in equal monthly installment within a period of 48 months
Republic Act No. 10023
Extending Free Patent to Residential Lands (author and sponsor)
· Allows possessors of residential lands to have their land titled without need of a court decree, and reduces the possessory requirement from 30 years to just 10 years
· Because process is merely administrative, there shall be no need to hire the services of a lawyer
· To benefit the possessors of an estimated 7.8 million parcels of residential lands and facilitate buying and selling of lands
· To free up access to credit since titled land can be used as collateral in borrowing from banks and other financial institutions
· Increases the local government unit tax base for improved tax collection
Republic Act No. 10072
Philippine Red Cross Act
· Aimed at strengthening the ability of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to respond to humanitarian needs in times of armed conflicts, natural disasters, and other emergencies
· Affirms the country’s “conformity with the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional protocols, and the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,” as well as a confirmation of PRC’s stand as a “voluntary, independent and autonomous non-governmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field.”
· Exempts PRC from real property taxes, direct and indirect taxes, duties and fees that will emerge from its operations and its exclusive importations and purchases
· Exempts PRC from donor’s tax, which amount shall be deductible from the donors’ gross income for income tax purposes
Republic Act No. 10073
Girl Scouts of the Philippines Charter
· Affirms the contribution of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines to the promotion of positive values, responsible citizenship, and volunteerism to young women
· Provides the institution with permanence and structure by recognizing the GSP as a juridical entity with perpetual succession and corporate powers, such as to acquire properties, receive funds and contributions, adopt a seal, and have offices across the country

Republic Act No. 10121
Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act(author and co-sponsor)
·Strengthens the Philippine disaster risk reduction and management system by providing for the national disaster risk reduction and management framework
·Helps local government units and communities to prepare for disasters, reduce risks and become more resilient in the face of calamities.
·Engages the participation of civil society, the private sector and volunteers in the government’s disaster risk reduction program 

Senate Bill No. 2590
Ninth Ray Bill (author and sponsor; pending in the House of Representatives)
· Increasing the number of rays of the sun on the Philippine flag from eight to nine to symbolize the community of Muslim leaders who defended our land and to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their native Muslim brothers who sacrificed their lives for the country's freedom.

Senate Bill No. 3570
Allowing Early Voting (author and sponsor; pending in the House of Representatives)
· Allows the conduct of early voting for qualified members of media, two weeks before the constitutionally-mandated election day

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Metrobank Group, Toyota Motor Philippines and Mitsui donate for Japan Quake Victims

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon receives donation amounting to Php 10 million from the Metrobank Group of Companies, and its partners, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation and Mitsui and Co., Pte. Ltd. on Monday. This is in support to the Japan quake disaster appeal that the PRC launched to reciprocate the compassionate assistance of Japan to Philippines during disasters and emergencies.


Phil Red Cross launches an SMS Donation Campaign for Japan quake victims

Following the unprecedented 8.9 magnitude quake that shook Japan Friday afternoon causing extensive damages to lives and properties, the Philippine Red Cross launched a fund-drive through SMS Donation in support of the Japanese Red Cross Society's (JRCS) response to the emergency situation.

JRCS is an active supporter of PRC in times of disasters and other emergencies. It is also a partner in its several programs, including the Primary Health Care Project.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said, "It's our turn to give back."

"Being a third world country shouldn't hinder us from helping our neighboring country, which is in dire need of assistance," Gordon added.

He enjoins every Filipino to do their share and help the people of Japan.

The PRC has earlier alerted its disaster action teams for immediate deployment to Japan in case the need arises.

PRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that is now working together to help alleviate the plight of the quake victims.

For more information, please call our emergency hotline: 143 or (02) 527-0000.

To donate, please text: REDAMOUNT to 2899, or DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882 for Globe subscribers; and REDON to 4483 for Smart subscribers.



Monday, February 21, 2011

Dick Gordon on radio and tv

Dick Gordon on radio and tv
February 22, 2011, 8:47am

MANILA, Philippines -- Dick Gordon takes on a new role as radio
anchor with Cheryl Cosim "Aksyon Solusyon" Mondays to Fridays 10-11am
on 92.3 News FM and free channel TV 41(channel 29 in Cebu and Davao).
He will also be on tv as he co-hosts with Jake Macasaet on  "Duelo"
Mondays to Fridays 7-8pm on free (UHF) TV 41.

Watch Video of Launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3H5mgPJyE8

Watch Video of First Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHIimgC4ZHc

Sunday, January 16, 2011

James Leonard Tagle Gordon (Jan 17, 1917-Feb 20, 1967)

 ames Leonard Tagle Gordon was Mayor of Olongapo City from December 30, 1963 to February 20, 1967. He was born on January 17, 1917 of an American father, John Jacob Gordon, and a Filipina mother, Veronica Tagle Gordon. 

He could have chosen to take American Citizenship and live in the United  States  like his four brothers where he could enjoy the comforts in a well developed country.  Instead, he chose to stay in the Philippines as a Filipino Citizen.  He raised his children as Filipino Citizens and brought them up according to Filipino values.

This is not surprising considering that he inherited the genes of a revolutionary hero, Jose Tagle. One of the three children of Tagle was Veronica who married John Jacob Gordon. Jose Tagle was known for his exploits in leading a raiding team against friars and Civil Guards in Imus, then against a strong Spanish force in Bacoor, Cavite. He was victorious in both instance and won the high regard if Aguilnaldo. In recognition of his leadership Aguinaldo appointed Tagle Municipal Mayor of Imus.

Inherited Traits.

This distinguished ancestry gave James Gordon the strong character that he, in turn, left to his progeny and to the people of Olongapo as lasting legacy. His private life and public career all bore the earmarks of decisiveness, of willingness to fight corruption against seemingly insurmountable odds.

James Gordon was a self- made man.  He did not depend on anybody but largely went through life on his own efforts, a trait that is part of his American heritage.  Being the only child left behind with his aging father, who was interned during the war, he took care of the old gentleman until his death in 1954.  In doing this, he followed closely the Filipino tradition of close family ties and of caring  for the elderly members.  As a true Filipino he kept in close touch with his children even when they were away in school in Manila.  He always wanted his children to excel in whatever they tried, be it a very lowly task.

Civic Consciousness.

His family orientedness showed in his successful attempts to put up an institution that would take care of orphans and abandoned children.  Together with his friends, he put up Boys Town- Girls Home which still exists to this day, caring for around 70 wards.. Jimmy Gordon’s widow Amelia J. Gordon continues this tradition of caring by keeping under her care children from very poor families.

In the field of civic work James Gordon led in the forming of groups that worked on community projects.  He was one of the organizers of the Olongapo Civic Action Group that worked on beautification projects and in general improvement of the city.  He was one of the founders of the Olongapo Rotary Club, which has given rise to four other Rotary Clubs at present.  He was also one of the founders of the Olongapo Knights of Columbus- and was selected the second Grand Knight.  He organized the Olongapo Businessmen’s Association which then, as now, played a significant part in community life.

Military Rule.

During Gordon’s time Olongapo was in a strange situation.  The rest of the Philippines had been declared independent of the United States on July 4, 1946.  Olongapo, however, remained under U.S. Government jurisdiction.  It had been declared a U.S. Naval Reservation soon after the U.S. and Spain signed the Treaty of Paris.  As such it was administered by a U.S. Navy officer.  In other words, instead of having a Filipino Mayor, Olongapo had as its governing authority an American military official.  Residents had to follow strict rules like: always having an ID Card issued by the Reservation office; home lots could not be owned, these could be taken back any time the US Navy needed the area; relatives from out of town can stay only for a few days and had to renew their passes if their stay is extended; only families with working members could stay in the Reservation.  These strictly followed rules made the residents angry.  But they became angrier when bus passengers going in and out of the Naval Reservation were made to get off the bus for strict searches of their belongings.

Turnover of Olongapo to Philippine Government.

Jimmy Gordon led the move to make Olongapo free from U.S. rule.  He was well respected by US Navy officials and had many friends among the Americans but he could not stomach the military regulations that limited the movements of people in Olongapo.  Jose Balein of the Manila Chronicle interviewed him and in a series of articles from July 3 to 7,. 1955 he exposed the abuses and harassments suffered by Olongapo residents under US military rule

The Zambales officials supported Gordon in this fight to be free of military restrictions. As Vice Governor of Zambales he was in a position to speak for people living in Zambales town north of Olongapo who worked in US Navy installations. Buses carrying passengers from Zambales towns passed through Olongapo and underwent the annoying searches. The concerted resistance to military rule could not be ignored by the U.S. Navy authorities. Talks were initiated to formalize the turnover of Olongapo to the Philippine Government. The American panel was made up of officials from the US Embassy headed by Minister Abbot and officers from the U.S. Navy. The Philippine panel was headed by Pacifico Castro of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Vice Governor Gordon was a member. The US Government was thus compelled to relinquish Olongapo to the Philippine Government after the RP-US panel met several times to discuss the conditions. Olongapo was turned over to the Philippine Government on December 7, 1959. On the same day President Carlos P. Garcia signed the Executive Order making Olongapo a municipality of Zambales.

Post Turnover Trouble.

After the turnover, the Zambales politicians moved in. they succeeded in placing their own men in sensitive positions in the new municipality because they worked to have officials appointed instead of elected. Gordon had no stomach for the corruption and he resigned from the post of Deputy Governor. He saw how Olongapo was marginalized. The government hospital was reduced in category; its equipment was carted off to Zambales. Illegal logging and cigarette smuggling were rampant. Land problems proliferated. The new officials tried to lease out the electrical utility for only P5,000.00 a month. Heavy equipment like bulldozers which had been acquired from the US Navy could not be accounted for.

Political Turncoatism.

The political disease of turncoatism was very evident. Party hopping politicians were motivated by the advantage that they could get from the party, not by the principles that the party stood for. The first few years of the new municipality saw this in evidence with the change of party of the Zambales Governor and the Congressman. Politics at its devious worst was the order of the day.

Prodded to run for Municipal Mayor during its first election four years after the turnover, James Gordon, though a reluctant candidate, won and was finally at the helm of his town on December 30, 1963.

Relentless fight against corruption.

If Gordon fought American rule for the military excesses, now he fought well entrenched politicians for widespread corruption. He contracted the services of a lawyer using his own money and won the case (albeit posthumously) that he filed to return the electrical system to the Olongapo Government. He exposed the anomalies that bedeviled the new municipal government. Understandably, his crusade earned for him enemies who tried all manner of harassment, including threats of suspension, hand grenade attacks and planned ambushes.

A City is born.

The situation deteriorated to the extent that Gordon, together with Olongapo residents, struggled hard to be free of the provincial government. He lobbied in Congress for the passage of a bill to convert the municipality into a City. Amidst strong opposition from the provincial government but to the triumphant rejoicing of the people of Olongapo, RA 4645, the Charter of the City of Olongapo, was signed by President Ferdinand Marcos on June 1, 1966. In simple but impressive ceremonies Olongapo City was inaugurated on September 1 of the same year.

            New city status failed to damper the avidity of Gordon’s enemies who continued to plan his extermination.


A Light is Extinguished.

There were three attempts on his life: On July 4, 1965, he was lured out of his house by a false report on a fire.  On the way back home a grenade was thrown at his car. He survived this first attempt. On August 4 of the same year several prisoners were allowed to escape from the municipal jail of Subic, Zambales.  Again, a fire was made as a ruse to make Gordon appear.  Three grenades were thrown at the crowd, wounding one US Navy officer who was with the team that helped to control the blaze.  Again, James Gordon survived the attempt.  The third try was again linked to a fire.  The Gordon residence in Quezon City mysteriously burned down on All Saints’ Day.  The family later learned that an ambush had been prepared at the Zig-Zag pass although he went through this third attempt unscathed.

On  February 20, 1967, while talking with a constituent on the first floor  of City Hall, he was gunned down by Nonito Alincastre, an scaped inmate of the National Penitentiary.  He was immediately brought to the USS Repose, a US Navy hospital ship, but he could not be saved because of his massive head injuries.

His funeral was the longest Olongapo ever saw.  Senators, Congressmen, Ambassadors, joined the grieving Olongapo public in the funeral cortege.  His death brought inconsolable loss to his grieving family.  Son Richard rued the fact that his father died before he could prove himself equal to the challenge of service that was constantly dinned in his consciousness both by his father’s word as well as by example.  Thence began his promise to himself that he would make something of himself to make his father proud of him.

It was a loss felt nationwide.  Senator Jose W. Diokno’s tribute to him resonates in every Olongapeno’s heart: “He was born to an American father, chose to be a Filipino, raised his children as Filipinos, served his country as a Filipino and died a Filipino hero.”