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Richard Gordon

richard gordon 03Richard “Dick” Juico Gordon is a Filipino politician, head of the Philippine National Red Cross, and senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

He was born on August 5, 1945 to James Leonard Tagle Gordon and Amelia Juico Gordon, (who were both mayors of Olongapo City). In 1954, he completed his elementary education at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila and on 1962, he completed his secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila University. He stayed in Ateneo and completed his tertiary education, earning a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in History and Government in 1966. He was a student leader having been consistently elected president of his class. On 1975, he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines College of Law after taking a break in 1971 to run for the Constitutional Convention. Prior to that he topped the 1969 UP Student Council elections leading to the First Quarter Storm and joined the Upsilon Sigma Phi in 1968. From 1966 to 1967 he became a Brand Manager for Procter and Gamble Philippines. Towards the end of the 1960s, he helped his mother Amelia run the government of Olongapo after his father James Leonard Gordon was assassinated. With the declaration of Martial Law after finishing his law degree and passing the bar, he became an Associate of ACCRA Law Offices.

In 1971, while still a law student at UP, he was elected as a delegate of the constitutional convention that drafted the 1973 Constitution representing the first district of Zambales. He was the youngest delegate of the convention and swore former President Diosdado Macapagal into office as Chairman of the Convention. In 1980, he ran as mayor of Olongapo City. In 1983, Olongapo became a highly urbanized City. Having been a victim of crime with the assassination of his father then Mayor James Leonard T. Gordon in 1967, Gordon managed to transform Olongapo from a “sin city” to “model city” with various innovations in local governance namely color coded transport system, public markets’ expansion, integrated solid waste management program, vendors’ cooperatives, community organizations and many other public and community development programs. In 1986, Gordon and Joseph Estrada became two of the local executives who refused to vacate their positions after the government reorganization by President Corazon Aquino. Gordon gave way for the Aquino appointed Officer-In-Charge after a formal written directive from the Executive Secretary representing Aquino was issued. In 1986 he joined Philippine Vice President Salvador Laurel in reorganizing the Nacionalista Party around the country. They campaigned for a “No” vote on the 1987 Constitution framed by the Aquino appointed constitutional convention. In 1988, he was elected as mayor with the help of the Nationalist People’s Coalition a breakaway of the Nacionalista Party under Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco.

Other Information

  • Name : Richard “Dick” Juico Gordon
  • Birthday :  August 5, 1945
  • Birthplace : Castillejos, Zambales, Philippines
  • Residence : Olongapo City, Zambales
  • Political party : Lakas CMD (2004)
  • Other political affiliations : Nacionalista Party (1988–2004; 2004–), KBL (1980–1986)
  • Schools Attended :
    • Elementary education, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila (1954)
    • secondary education, Ateneo de Manila University (1962)
    • Bachelor of Arts, major in History and Government, Ateneo de Manila University (1966)
    • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines College of Law (1975)
  • Father : James Leonard Tagle Gordon
  • Mother : Amelia Juico Gordon
  • Spouse : Katherine H. Gordon
  • Profession : Politician, Civil servant
  • Religion : Roman Catholic

Career Highlights

  • Senator of the Philippines, Incumbent (June 30, 2004)
  • Secretary of Tourism, (February 12, 2001 – February 23, 2004)
  • Chairman and Administrator, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (March 13, 1992 – June 30, 1998)
  • Mayor, Olongapo City (June 30, 1988 – June 22, 1993)
  • Mayor, Olongapo City (June 30, 1980 – April 23, 1986)
  • Delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention (June 1, 1971 – November 29, 1972)

Notable Events

  • U.S. Naval Base in Subic Bay (1991)
  • SBMA & Subic Bay Freeport (1992)
  • 1998 forced removal
  • Philippine National Red Cross and Department of Tourism
  • 2010 Potential presidential candidate

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