Bong Go: Lent calls for prayers, introspection

Bong Go (center) with officials and residents of Pagadian City. (Contributed photo)

Senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday said he would repay with genuine service the kindness and the support the Filipino people, particularly those from the province of Cavite, had shown him in his recent visits.

Go made the commitment as he expressed his thanks to the rousing welcome he received from fellow Caviteños during his motorcade at the cities of Dasmariñas and Imus.

“Sobrang init po ng pagtanggap nila sa akin dito. Aasahan nyo po na serbisyo, serbisyo, serbisyo lang po ako. Yun po ang isusukli ko sa suportang ibinibigay ng mga kapatid natin,” said Go in an ambush interview during a break in the motorcade.

In Dasmariñas City, Go met with local officials and community leaders of the province. He took this opportunity to discuss his plans for the country particularly in CALABARZON region. He also reaffirmed his solidarity with the people of the province through a “boodle fight” at the Dasmariñas City Hall.

“Isusulong ko po pagdating ng panahon yung Magna Carta for barangay officials po,” Go said in an interview. He noted that barangay officials are in the forefront of delivery of services to their constituents so they deserve more benefits instead of just the honorarium they are currently receiving.

“Gusto ko po silang bigyan ng nararapat na benepisyo, mula sa barangay chairman down to barangay kagawads, including maybe SK (Sangguniang Kabataan),” he added.

Go is considered an adopted son of the province after the governors of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon issued on February 10 this year a manifesto supporting the candidacy of the former SAP and declaring him a son of the CALABARZON region.

He said that in the remaining three years of the term of President Duterte, they can count on him to support the programs and policies of the administration, particularly the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

“Ipapagpapatuloy po natin yung kampanya laban sa corruption, kriminalidad at iligal na droga. Tuloy-tuloy po yan sa buong Pilipinas,” Go said.

The former SAP also told the people of Cavite that he would likewise support the proper implementation of the “Build, Build, Build” initiative of President Duterte, particularly the projects that would benefit the people of the province and the entire region.

“Sa Build, Build Build program (magkakaroon) ng easy access po dun sa mga daan dito sa Cavite. May mga proposal po ngayon na train para mapabilis ang transportasyon,” Go pointed out.

Among the infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration in the Cavite area include the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, a P35.43 billion, 44.63-kilometer closed-system toll expressway connecting CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and SLEX in Biñan, Laguna. The groundbreaking for the project was held last March 27.

There is also the LRT1 Line 1 Cavite Extension, a P64.9 billion extension of the current LRT Line 1 starting from its existing Baclaran Station in Parañaque to the future Niyog Station in Bacoor, Cavite, which is approximately 11.7 kilometers.  Construction is slated to start this month and the project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Caviteños are already benefitting from the Cavite Gateway Terminal that President Duterte inaugurated on November 22, 2018.

A project under the “Build, Build, Build‟ program of the Duterte administration, the terminal is privately funded by the International Container Terminal Services Inc.  It is the first barge terminal in the Philippines located in Tanza, Cavite with an annual capacity of 115,000 twenty-foot equivalent units.

Meanwhile, Go said that as the country observes the Holy Week he would perform his obligation as a Catholic through prayer, repentance and hearing Mass, as he encouraged fellow Catholics to do the same.

Bong Go urges public servants to reciprocate by providing the right service. (Contributed photo)
Bong Go urges public servants to reciprocate by providing the right service. (Contributed photo)

“Ito yung panahon na nagsakripisyo ang Panginoon para sa atin. Panahon po ito na suklian din natin ng pagdadasal, pagsisisi po sa mga kasalanan. So yung tatlong araw na ito magdasal na lang tayo–bawal po mangampanya— at inaanyayahan ko ang mga tao na magsimba na lang po,” Go said.

Also in the spirit of the Lenten season, Go said he believes he is serving God by serving his fellow Filipinos, particularly the unfortunate.

Other priority concerns under Go’s legislative agenda include programs for agriculture, education, housing, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.

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