Botox not for me, says Dick Gordon
By Cathy C. Yamsuan, DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—No, Senator Richard Gordon has never tried Botox. Nor does he have plans to do so in the future.
To dispel any speculation, the 64-year-old Gordon raised his eyebrows in front of a television camera during a morning talk Friday to show the viewing public the lines on his forehead.
“There, can you see the lines?” the senator said, when asked whether he had tried Botox, a marine-derived toxin that temporarily paralyzes facial muscles to hinder movement and prevent wrinkling.
“I know of other [presidential candidates] who have done it. That’s their right. A more youthful look is probably part of their arsenal [to lure voters],” Gordon said.
The standard-bearer of the Bagumbayan Party said he believed it was better to show a candidate’s natural appearance instead of relying on makeup and cosmetic procedures.
Later, during a forum on labor issues at the Tanghalang Pasigueño in Pasig City sponsored by Job Finder and dzXL radio, Gordon took a swipe at the front-runners in the presidential race for hiring celebrity endorsers.
He said if presidential candidates must hire an endorser, they must at least choose those who are “exemplary.”
“If you [need to] hire an endorser, that means you’re no good… But if you must hire a celebrity, he or she should be exemplary. That’s how you’ll know if the candidate is a decent person,” Gordon said.
“Don’t choose [an endorser] who is separated from the spouse, or whose children do drugs, or whose boyfriend gave her STD,” he said, drawing nervous laughs from the audience.
Reacting to the crowd response, he added: “Why are you laughing? You know who I’m talking about.”