Bong Go in 3-point campaign

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Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go Sunday joined the 3-point shootout at the championship game of the 2018 Raneo Abu Inter-Barangay Mini-Olympics and Christmas party event organized by Batangas City barangay officials.

But it’s not the only 3-point shot scored during his stay in Batangas. Go reminded event participants and the local officials present of his 3-point campaign for a better Philippine society.

“Itong 3-point campaign ko ay para maalala ng mga kabataan natin na layuan ang droga, korapsyon, at kriminalidad—3 points para sa mas magandang Pilipinas. ‘Yun ang parating binabanggit ng ating Pangulo at aking patuloy na ipinaglalaban,” the former SAP Bong Go said in an interview after the event.

In his message to the Batanguenos, Bong Go bared that he has roots in Batangas as his grandparents, members of the Batangas-based Tesoro clan, were originally from the town of Sto. Tomas, Batangas Province before they moved to Mindanao.

An aspirant for a seat in the 2019 senatorial elections, Go clarified that he merely wants to inform the public of his legislative agenda if elected in order to ensure that the reforms of the Duterte administration will continue.

Bong Go said that he is pushing for the establishment of sports and youth development centers in the country to draw the youth away from the lure of illegal drugs and also instill in them the values of discipline and sportsmanship.

“Ilayo natin ang kabataan sa iligal na droga, korapsyon, at kriminalidad. ‘Yan ang aking 3-point program,” he reiterated to event attendees.

Bong Go also said he plans on improving the country’s educational system, adding that he supports the move of President Duterte to raise the pay of teachers after their salary adjustments under the Salary Standardization Law in 2019.

“Maganda na libre na tuition, pero balak ko rin mabigyan ang mga estudyante ng mga kagamitan, hindi lang para makapasok sa eskwela, pero para makatapos ng pag-aaral. ‘Yun ang inaasam ko para sa ating kabataan,” he added.

Go mentioned to the audience that he has programs for agriculture and food security, fire prevention and protection, localized, peace talks, the creation of a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), as well as the review of the Juvenile Justice System to protect the youth from the exploitation of criminal elements.

Moreover, Bong Go said he wants to further improve the delivery of medical services through a law that would mandate the creation of more Malasakit Centers all over the country.

The Malasakit Center, an initiative started by Bong Go and Rodrigo Duterte, is a one-stop shop program gathering all concerned government agencies, including the DoH, DSWD, PAGCOR, and PCSO, under one roof to make it easier for patients to avail of quick financial and medical assistance.

There are currently 17 Malasakit Centers operating throughout the country, with one in Batangas in the works.

Go told event attendees that, aside from making processing faster for Filipinos in need, the Malasakit Center can take care of remaining hospital balances to ensure free hospitalization.

It can be said that, on a Sunday in Batangas City, Bong Go scored 3 points in more ways than one.

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