Press Release
May 22, 2008


The Senate has a resolution expressing condolence, sympathy and solidarity with the government and people of the People's Republic of China over the May 12, 2008 earthquake that caused over 25,000 fatalities in the province of Chengdu, China.

Principally authored by Sen. Gordon, who is also chairman of the Philippine national Red Cross (PNRC) the resolution declared that China is a close neighbor of the Philippines and the Filipino people have enjoyed strong historic, cultural, economic and social ties with the China for many centuries.

In the resolution, the Senate recalled that "the Philippines is no stranger to natural calamities and has suffered great loss of lives and property and earthquakes such as the deadly Baguio tremor that shock the summer capital and its environs, including Cabanatuan and Dagupan cities in 1990, and the more recent mudslides in Guinsaugon, Southern Leyte and Legaspi City in the province of Albay,"

The Senate said that "the appalling loss of lives especially of young and promising students anywhere in the world deserves our sympathy and support."

Consequently, the Senate resolved "to officially send its message of condolences to the government and people of the People's Republic of China and express its sympathy and solidarity with them over the massive deaths, suffering and destruction in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Chengdu and Sichua provinces in China."

Meanwhile, Gordon mobilized all forces of the PNRC to provide medical, food and other humanitarian aid to the victims of typhoon Cosme which ravaged Northern Luzon, including Baguio City, Benguet, Mt. Province and the Cordillera over the last weekend.

Gordon has placed PNRC on alert since the onset of the rainy season and possible landslides and earthquakes threatening many communities throughout the archipelago.

News Latest News Feed