Go rejects mudslinging

Senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go (center) with supporters during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign rally in Legazpi City, Albay Thursday, 14 March 2019. (Contributed photo)

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday reiterated his commitment to play fair and clean in the elections, saying that mudslinging should not be part of the campaign trail.

“Basta mangangampanya tayo ng malinis. Ayokong magsiraan. Di ko ugali manira ng tao,” Go told city officials and residents who attended the Hugpong ng Pagbabago regional party campaign kickoff rally at the Albay Astrodome here.

Earlier, Go vowed he would not resort to dirty tricks even as some political opponents have resorted to the use of fake news in a bid to bring him down.

He appealed to fellow candidates to stick to the job of explaining their respective platforms to the voters to help them decide in choosing the best men or women for the job.

Go thanked the local crowd for their show of support for him and other senatorial candidates of the HnP.

“Maraming salamat sa mga kapatid ko dito sa Legazpi,” he said.

On 4 February 2019, the City Council of Legazpi declared Go as adopted son of Legazpi, citing his role in pushing for infrastructure projects in the Bicol Region under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program and other initiatives for the benefit of Bicolanos.

Government projects for the Bicol region include the establishment of a Malasakit Center in Albay, the P175.3 billion, 639-kilometer Philippine National Railway South Long-Haul, the 180-km. Quezon-Bicol Expressway and the planned Bicol International Airport estimated to cost P4.7 billion.

“Tuloy-tuloy lang po ang ating pagserbisyo sa bawat Pilipino lalo na dito sa Bicol. Sisiguraduhin natin na tuloy ang suporta tungo sa pagbabago at pag-asenso ng inyong rehiyon. Hindi po namin kayo pababayaan,” Go said.

Go also declared that he will enact a law establishing Malasakit Centers nationwide to make it easier and faster for poor patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room all concerned government agencies.

“Ito po ang gusto kong isabatas, pagdating ng panahon,” said Go, referring to the Malasakit Center. He said such a law would allow the establishment of Malasakit Center in more provinces and key urban centers of the country and ensure continuity of the program even after the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Go assured the people of Legazpi and the province of Albay that he would remain steadfast in supporting the programs and policies of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, including the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

Local officials also cited Go for “his invaluable time and effort” in helping in the speedy resolution of the killing of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, who was shot dead in December last year.