Netizens slam Gordon for monopolizing Dengvaxia discussions, cutting off resource persons

Senator Richard Gordon during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on the P50-million bribery case of gambling operator Jack Lam to officials of Bureau of Immigration at the Senate in Pasay City on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Twitter users got annoyed at Senator Richard Gordon for the way he controlled the discussions on Dengvaxia during the joint hearing conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon and Health and Demography Committees on December 14.

Netizens complained about Gordon’s tendency to hog the discussion time and cut off resource persons, such as former President Benigno Aquino III, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.
Aquino’s former Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abi Valte also noticed the same thing when she tweeted, “Why invite resource persons when you don’t let them finish what they’re saying.”

“Dick Gordon is running the Blue Ribbon Committee as a one-man committee given that he alone questions & when answered, he disrupts & does not seem to accept answers that refutes his well-founded biases,” said a Twitter user.

One complained about how the senator usually turns committee hearings into a “Gordon show.”

Another hit Gordon’s “monologue.”

Senator Joel Villanueva was reported to have left the Senate hearing because, as what Senator JV Ejercito told the reporters, he waited too long for his turn to ask questions because Gordon was monopolizing the hearing with his monologue. Villanueva later said that he was annoyed by Gordon’s remark to his fellow senators to keep quiet during the hearing, but explained that he left to go to his mother who was confined at the hospital.

During the hearing, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asked Gordon if other senators could have their turn in asking questions to the resource persons.

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