Press Release
February 28, 2010

Gordon-Bayani invades Tarlac and Baguio
Tandem continues consultation type of campaign

Baguio CityŚWelcomed by their local supporters clad in red t-shirts, the transformers tandem of Bagumbayan Party presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon and vice presidential bet Bayani Fernando, visited the cities of Tarlac and Baguio over the weekend and continued their consultation type of campaign.

On Saturday, the two went to Tarlac City and made a visit to the public market, assessed the situation of the people and consulted the local folks on issues concerning the community.

"I learn a lot from the people when I walk and go around town, especially in the markets. I am not just campaigning, I also want to know what's going on in the community and what the people need. When I was mayor of Olongapo, this is what I would do once in a while. I would visit the market and talk to the people to know their concerns, we would exchange ideas and I learn from them," Gordon said.

On Sunday, the two were present at the Panagbenga Festival after having been invited as guests by the organizers of the event, even allotting seats for them at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.

"We wish to clarify that Sen. Dick Gordon was invited to attend as sponsor of the Tourism Law and as former Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary. Some people were questioning his presence even if he was walking along the sidewalk," Mr. Anthony De Leon of the Panagbenga 2010 organizing committee explained.

Meanwhile, as residents and tourists in Baguio were lining up to have their picture taken with the Bagumbayan Party tandem, an eight-year-old girl who was crying caught Gordon's attention. The girl identified as Evelyn Guinnor was separated from her mother during the Flower Parade. Gordon left the child to the care of DOT-Baguio officials, who looked for Evelyn's mother, Nena.

Gordon and Fernando spent the rest of the afternoon visiting markets around Baguio City. They were warmly welcomed by the people wherever they would go, brushing off perceptions that they have no chance of winning in the May 2010 Elections.

"Wherever we go the people accept us warmly and many of them declare their support for us. They remember what I did in Olongapo and Subic. It shows that we have a discerning electorate who look at the candidates' track record and not on mere wealth and popularity," Gordon said.

For his part, Fernando said, "Ang mga tao hindi pa decided kung sino ang iboboto. Nasa third week pa lang tayo ng kampanya. Masyado pang maaga para sabihin na dalawa na lang ang naglalaban sa pagka-presidente at pagka-bise presidente,"

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