Sen.Richard Gordon was the first lawmaker to comment on the deaths of Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc who were found murdered in their home in Quezon City.
“These dastardly acts should be condemned to the highest degree. Instead of welcoming visitors of our country, it is lamentable that they had to be victims of robbery and murder,â€ he said in a press release, adding that it is bad enough when Filipinos are robbed and killed.
While the crime was indeed dastardly, the senator could have done some research first. While I can’t be sure–not having known the couple personally–I don’t think the two were tourists as such. Mr. Tioseco wasn’t, anyway, judging from his living here for years. At any rate,Â their deaths have little to do with tourism, if at all.
The press release went on to mention the Tourism Act of 2009 and the fact that Gordon was once Tourism Secretary. Gordon then called on the Philippine National Police to ensure the safety of our tourists, warning that “otherwise, it could affect not only the countryâ€™s tourism industry, but also our reputation in the international community.â€
No mention of justice or anything like that, just what the murders mean for tourism. Using the deaths of two people to toot your own horn and push your own agenda? That’s a bit like dirty ice cream, senator: cold and cheap. Also, dirty.