Press Release
March 22, 2009

Prepare to vote responsibly, Gordon tells first time voters

Independent Senator Richard J. Gordon today called on first-time voters to think carefully before selecting the country's next president because the country's future depends on the outcome of the May 2010 presidential elections.

Gordon told senior students of School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City who will vote for the first time in 2010 that they would have to vote responsibly if they wanted to change the country from having a bleak future to a bright one.

"You want change in your life? It begins with you. Your voting is your act of change," he said..

"The way you vote will be the kind of country you will have. That is why it is so important that you have responsible voting, hindi yung OK kayo ng OK," he added.

The senator was invited to the School of the Holy Spirit in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City to be the resource person in a forum attended by at least 200 fourth year students of the school.

The forum aimed to clarify what responsible voting is and how can one be a responsible voter.

Gordon explained that responsible voting is carefully choosing the best candidate who would be able to uplift the people and motivate them into working for the common good that will change the country from a transactional into a transformational society.

"A leader must know how to tap the people's spirit and make you do something better than what you are currently doing. You do not just pick anybody from thin air, you do not just get anybody because she or he is nice," he said.

"If you do not think about who you are going to vote for, you are going to make a big mistake," he added.

The senator said a leader should have the proven track-record, strong vision, clear values, unsullied integrity, the ability to motivate and move people into doing their best and the ability to communicate well.

He also told the students that they must also demand debates so they can get to know and scrutinize the candidates and weigh their qualifications objectively.

"You should demand debates. Lalabas diyan sa debate kung anong gagawin mo kung halimbawa ikaw ang presidente. Then you will be able to gauge who is more qualified. It is a cognitive act, not whims and caprices," he said.

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