Accord 'respect, dignity' to Dolphy: Red Cross

Posted at 06/23/12 2:03 PM

Red Cross on standby for Dolphy

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is ready help comedy king Dolphy, the organization's chairperson said.

Philippine Red Cross chairperson Richard Gordon. File photo

PRC chairman Richard Gordon, who considers Dolphy as among his close friends, on Friday said the organization is ready to donate blood to the veteran actor should the need for transfusion arises.

"Anytime, anybody, especially Dolphy, kung kailangan niya ng dugo, nandiyan ang Red Cross. Kung kailangan ng pamilya, I'm just a phone call away, the Red Cross is just a phone call away," Gordon told ABS-CBN News.

As Dolphy remains in critical condition at the Makati Medical Center, his son Eric Quizon has said that the film icon's hemoglobin count becomes low at times, which brings need for blood transfusion.

According to the latest update from the Makati Medical Center, Dolphy's vital signs slightly improved overnight and dialysis was administered to him on Saturday morning.

Respect, dignity

On Dolphy's bout with his illness, Gordon said the veteran actor should be accorded the "respect and dignity" he deserves.

"I'm really saddened, pero kinagagalak ko po na nakilala ko si Dolphy. Talagang humahanga ako sa kanyang craft, malaki ang nawala sa'tin. And I would like to commesurate with the family.

"Alam kong these are challenging times, pero alam ko naman pong lahat tayo aabot diyan, so let's give Dolphy the dignity and the respect that he's really earned," Gordon said.

Gordon said he continues to pray that Dolphy will make a full recovery.

"I'd like to think that Dolphy is a fighter. Babawi 'yan, makakababangon pa 'yan. Kung hindi man, happy pa rin ako," he said.

"Hopefully maka-recover si Dolphy. Marami pang papasayahing tao 'yan. Ano man mangyari, he has already enriched the firmament of entertainment dito sa ating bansa. And I'm proud that we have him," Gordon added.