OLONGAPO:  "GORDON COUNTRY" GOES  FOR  FPJ

OLONGAPO  CITY,  May 20, 2004
(STAR)
By Ding Cervantes  —  This "Gordon country" — so-called because of the Gordons’ grip of local politics — became "FPJ country" in the May 10 polls.

In the final tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), actor Fernando Poe Jr., the opposition’s presidential standard bearer, obtained 33,106 votes against President Arroyo’s 30,327.

The city has 115,000 registered voters.

Lagging behind in the presidential race here were Sen. Panfilo Lacson with 10,311 votes, Raul Roco with 5,364, and Eddie Villanueva with 4,753.

This city has earned the monicker "Gordon country" due to the rise of former Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon first as mayor during the Marcos administration and later as chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Other members of the Gordon clan followed his footsteps and have occupied local elective positions.

Gordon ran for senator under the administration’s K-4 coalition.

The Comelec count, incidentally, showed Gordon landing second only to former Trade and Industry Secretary Mar Roxas in the senatorial race here. Roxas got 55,272 votes, and Gordon, 55,061.

Gordon’s wife, incumbent Mayor Katherine Gordon, lost in her congressional bid in Zambales’ first district, with only 35,560 votes versus her rival, Mitos Magsaysay, daughter-in-law of Zambales Gov. Vicente Magsaysay, who garnered 44,103 votes.

Lakas-CMD mayoralty candidate James Gordon, Richard’s brother, however, emerged victorious. Independent Rolen Paulino grabbed the vice mayoral post.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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