MANILA – Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed solidarity with his fellow senatorial candidates in the holding of peaceful midterm elections free from political terrorism.
“Ako naman po ay full support po sa isang malinis na halalan at sinabi na po ‘yan ni Pangulong Duterte na ayaw niya po ng political terrorism at ang boto ninyo ay dapat bilangin nang tama. Inatasan niya po ang mga (miyembro ng) pulis at militar na maging neutral: walang kakampihan sa darating na eleksyon. Kahit na oposisyon o administrasyon ay dapat nasa gitna sila,” Go said in an interview during his visit to fire victims in Tondo, Manila on Sunday.
Go and his supporters went to Molave St. and Baseco Compound, two separate sites where fires broke out days ago, to render assistance, concern, and comfort to fire survivors.
Go’s group distributed clothes, shoes, grocery items, food packs, meals, and cash assistance to the affected families of both areas.
“Pangako ko po ‘yan sa mga kapatid nating Pilipino: kahit saan pong sulok man kayo ng bansa, basta kaya lang ng aking panahon at aking katawan ay pupuntahan ko kayo. Kahit man lang mapasaya namin kayo, makapagdala man lang ng kaunting tulong pantawid (tulad) ng pagkain, kaunting cash assistance,” Go told interviewers.
Go also assured that students and employees who lost their clothes in the two fire incidents would be receiving uniforms to replace the ones they have lost so that they can go back to school and work in the coming week.
“(Magpapadala kami ng) mga damit para makapag-aral na kaagad ang mga estudyante at (para makapagtrabaho na ang) mga namamasukan po,” Go said.
The former presidential aide added that he will be contacting former colleagues in government agencies to request for additional aid for the fire survivors.
“Pati po mga kasamahan namin dati sa gobyerno ay pakikiusapan namin, katulad na lamang ng NHA, DSWD, DOH, PAGCOR at PCSO, na magbigay din ng tulong; mag-ambag-ambag po tayo pantawid lamang po sa mga nabiktima ng sunog,” Go said.
Go then clarified that, just like other fellow senatorial candidates, he is one with them in promoting clean, honest, and peaceful elections.
Go said he was not able to attend the Unity Walk to properly promote peaceful elections alongside his fellow candidates due to spending more time in Bacolod where news regarding Bacolod police officials involved in illegal drug trafficking broke out.
“Kaya nga po hindi ako nakadalo kanina sa Unity Walk kasi po galing pa kami sa Bacolod at bigla na lang niyang binanggit sa kanyang speech doon na may ilang pulis na involved doon sa droga. Kanya itong ipapatawag,” Go said, adding that he joined President Rodrigo Duterte in his private capacity in the trip to Bacolod.
Despite not personally attending the unity walk, Go made it clear that, as an aspiring senator, he believes in fair and peaceful elections that Filipinos can properly participate in.
“Ako naman po, as a candidate, gusto ko maging malinis ang halalan at lahat po ng Pilipino ay makaboto freely,” Go said.
After discussing his stand regarding the 2019 midterm elections, Go took time to remind residents of Molave St. and Baseco Compound that they may go to the Malasakit Center in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Taft Ave. for their urgent health needs.
“Mayroon tayong Malasakit Center sa PGH na tutulong sa pagpapagamot at pagbabayad ng bill ng mga pasyente; mag-aambag-ambag ang mga kasamahan natin sa gobyerno tulad NHA, DSWD, DOH, at iba pa mula sa pribadong sektor para matulungan ang mga Pilipinong nangangailangan,” Go said.
A program of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where satellite offices of DOH, PCSO, DSWD, PhilHealth, and other relevant government agencies are housed together in one area to ease the process for patients applying for quick medical and financial assistance.
Go, who was instrumental in putting up Malasakit Centers when he was serving as the top aide of President Duterte, said he wants to push a law that would institutionalize the establishment of Malasakit Centers in all parts of the country.
Aside from the Malasakit Center, Go has a legislative agenda which has programs for agriculture, housing, improved health service delivery, education, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, anti-drug and crime drive, anti-corruption drive, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFWs, as well as senior citizen concerns.
“Sa mga kapatid naming Pilipino, asahan niyo lang po ako na nandirito para magserbisyo sa inyo. Wala po kaming ibang hangad ni Pangulong Duterte kung hindi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal po namin ang aming kapwa Pilipino,” he said as he ended his day sharing a meal with tricycle drivers in the area. (PR)