“Dick Gordon Scandal Red Cross,” I saw these words on my WordPress Dashboard’s blog statistics. Unfortunately for the searcher, he ended up on my blog – I have no scandals to offer. The first time I saw something like this, the keywords were: “Richard Dick Gordon Scandal”. That was sometime last month and I just laughed it off. I thought that someone was just hard at work trying to find stinky news bits about candidate Dick Gordon.
Out of curiosity, I decided to Google the keywords earlier. Yes, I typed in “Dick Gordon, Scandal, Red Cross” as keywords in the Google search box; I clicked ENTER. These were the top hits on Google:
So, why would someone try to Google for scandals about the man? It’s silly and funny that it even led to my blog. I realized that I did not even see my blog entry about Dick Gordon on the first page; I did not even try to look at the pages down the line. So for the reader to end up clicking and viewing my blog, the sources must have been really scarce. That question arose from this exercise: Was the searcher that desperate? If he did find results and use it for disparagement, it would have been totally illogical at this point since Mr.Gordon is not even a front-runner in the surveys — why even bother looking for dirt? Tough luck.
After doing a bit more of reading about the man, I found an article posted on propinoy.net that delighted me. The article written Malou Mangahas for the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) reported findings on the Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of our presidential candidates. The report included findings on the SALNs of candidates Mr. T, Mr. A, Mr. V, Mr. E and Mr. Gordon. What delighted me was this statement on the report: “Of the five candidates, Gordon is the most detailed and forthcoming in his SALN declarations.” He may not be a leading candidate but at least he is transparent about his riches. We’ve long been thirsting for transparency in governance. Maybe, Richard Gordon is the break we’ve all been waiting for.
Try getting that from the billionaire-senator Mr.V.