THE Philippine Red Cross yesterday slammed the plunder complaint filed against Senator Richard J. Gordon, saying it is based on rehashed issues that have long been settled.
PRC secretary general Atty. Oscar Palabyab said the issues Sen. Antonio Trillanes raised in the plunder complaint he filed last Wednesday before the Office of the Ombudsman is the same issues and allegations that were already duly investigated and settled before.
“We will simply have to restate our position that all those issues have been properly dealt with but are now being sensationalized to the prejudice of the PRC.
“We can show without fear of contradiction that the PRC remains a trustworthy and dependable humanitarian organization that is committed to save lives and help the most vulnerable and come out clean in the end,” Palabyab said.
“We are confident too that Senator Gordon can very well defend himself and clear his good name as a long time Red Cross volunteer and humanitarian worker who happens to be a Senator of the Republic, who fearlessly pursues his advocacies for good governance and the public good.
“As chairman of the PRC, Senator Gordon has transformed the organization into a robust, modernized, well-equipped and foremost humanitarian organization in the country proud of the accomplishments of its volunteers and staff,” he added.
On the alleged misuse of PDAF funds, the PRC official said these refer to projects that the PRC undertook as an implementing agency of the DSWD in the past, at the same time clarifying that Gordon had no participation at all in the implementation of those projects and the disbursement of the funds the PRC received from the DSWD.
“Proper liquidation reports were submitted to the DSWD as required, and provided answers and explanations in the course of the liquidation process. “Among the many agencies that implemented projects under the DSWD, the PRC is one among those most compliant and responsive. The public must understand that the process of liquidation is very tedious especially so because of the strict requirements that the DSWD observes and that the PRC has been able to substantially comply with such requirements,” Palabyab explained.