MANILA -- Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher "Bong" Go used social media to express his deepest appreciation to a University of the Philippines (UP) professor, who offered consultation services ‘pro bono’ on defense and foreign policy matters.
UP professor Clarita Carlos has made the offer in response to Go’s immediate action to help her driver who suffered stroke and had outstanding bills at the Philippine Heart Center.
“Through a former student, I reached out to former SAP, who did not know me, and in no time at all, he paid all the bills outstanding,” Carlos said on her Facebook post.
“Wow! In turn, I offered my consulting services to him, pro bono, on defense and foreign policy matters. He has not responded, what a kind person!! Thank you,” she added.
Go, a senatorial candidate in the 2019 mid-term polls, told Carlos that she does not need to thank him since his charitable works to help those who are truly in need ‘exempt’ no none.
“Ako pa nga po dapat ang magpasalamat dahil binigyan niyo po ako ng pagkakataon na makatulong sa inyo (I should be the one who will thank you because you gave me a chance to help),” Go replied through his FB account.
The former top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte said he is “deeply grateful” for the consultation services Carlos had offered to him.
“This would be of great help as I know that you are knowledgeable and learned in the fields of defense and foreign policy,” Go said.
Go said he looks forward to meeting the UP professor who described him a "generous soul".
“Wow! What a generous soul! I know… because he had also extended help to my driver who had a stroke last month…hope his tribe increases! Thank you, Bong Go!” Carlos told her FB friend Serafin Ledesma Jr.
Carlos said her driver, a soldier-retiree, is recovering “well and quick” with the help of combined laser and acupuncture therapy.
“After just one-and-a-half months, he can now walk slowly and longer slurs! Monumental changes really,” she said.
Months before stepping down early last month to run as senator, Go has spearheaded the establishment of Malasakit Centers in different public hospitals, including the Philippine General Hospital, throughout the country.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop program of Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicine. A fast lane prioritizing the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) is also available.
Under the program, patients are assisted in availing of services and financial assistance provided by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Philippine Amusement and Games Corporation, Department of Health, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Pooled together, the assistance can push the patient's medical bill, including medicines, to the lowest possible amount. (PNA)
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