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Red Cross hits back at Trillanes; facts in case vs Gordon ‘misleading, outdated’

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The Philippine Red Cross hit back at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a day after he filed a case at the Office of the Ombudsman against Senator Richard Gordon for allegedly appropriating funds to the organization and profiting from it.

“The same issues and allegations that were already duly investigated and settled before are now being raised and appear to be the same issues Senator Antonio Trillanes will rely on his complaint with the Ombudsman,” Red Cross said in a statement released on Thursday (Nov. 9).

“Regrettably the allegations are based on misleading and outdated facts,” it continued.

The Red Cross added that the issues, which they say have already been dealt with are being “sensationalized to the prejudice” of the organization.

Trillanes filed a case against Gordon yesterday at the Ombudsman, accusing him of funneling his pork barrel funds to the Red Cross, disbursing it on his own, and using it for his own benefit.

“Binulsa niya ito. Pinagkakitaan niya ang Red Cross at ginamit niya sa pangangampanya niya noong 2010 [presidential campaign,]” he said.

However, the Red Cross said that Gordon had no hand in the disbursement of funds and the implementation of the project, which the organization undertook as an implementing agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Furthermore, the organization said that it has submitted liquidation reports to the DSWD and provided answers and explanations during liquidation.

“The public must understand that the process of liquidation is very tedious especially so because of the strict requirements the DSWD observes and that the PRC has been able to substantially comply with such requirements,” Red Cross said.

The organization also said that it is confident that it and its longtime chairman Gordon will come out clean in the end.

“We will let the wheels of justice take its own course while we in the [Red Cross] will continue undeterred with our mission as a humanitarian organization committed to save lives, help the most vulnerable and restore their dignity,” it said.

by Xave Gregorio