Go: No to dirty politics

A crowd welcomes the motorcade of Bong Go in Quezon City on Saturday, 27 April 2019. (Contributed photo)

Senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday reiterated his vow to keep a clean campaign and remain fair amid the increasing use of fake news to malign candidates and undermine their chances of winning in the elections.

“Andyan pa rin talaga ‘yun maduming politika. Basta kami malinis po ‘yung pangangampanya namin,” Go, had been at the receiving end of unfounded allegations recently, said during a campaign rally in Quezon City.

“Ako naman gusto ko patas na laban. Kung ano lang ‘yung pwede mong ibigay o i-serbisyo sa taong bayan ‘yun ang iprisenta natin sa kanila,” he said.

Meanwhile, Go thanked Quezon City residents for coming out on the streets, cheering and waving back at him, while some even approached his motorcade to shake his hand.

“Kahit sobrang init ng panahon, subalit sa sobrang init nga ng pagtanggap ng tao kahit saang eskinita kami pumasok dito sa Quezon City nakakawala ng pagod,” Go said.

“Hindi lang naman po para mangampanya, para (na rin) mapangiti man lang ang ating mga kababayan. Hindi lang po ‘yun kung meron silang gustong iparating sa ating Pangulo, minsan may nag-aabot ng sulat, (ay makatulong ako kahit paano). Gusto ko rin pong makipag-usap sa kanila,” he added.

The people of Quezon City gave love back to the former Special Assistant to the President for helping many fire victims in the city. Even after declaring his Senate bid, Go would take time out to visit fire victims to listen to their concerns, cheer them up and call for assistance.

With barely two weeks before the elections, Go said he would press his efforts to go around the country up to the last day of campaign not just because of his senatorial bid but also, and more importantly, to meet the ordinary people and hear their concerns directly.

Go said he fully supports the reforms President Rodrigo Duterte is implementing, particularly his campaign against criminality, corruption and illegal drugs.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte,” Go said.

Likewise, Go said he is equally in favor of infrastructure and other development projects for the benefit of the people of Quezon City and other Metro Manila cities. He cited the P356.9-billion Metro Manila Subway Projects linking Manila, Quezon City, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna, and the P62.7-billion MRT Line 7 linking Quezon City, Caloocan City and Bulacan.

Likewise, Go noted plans for the P45-billion Southeast Metro Manila Expressway, expected to be completed by 2020, and the P7.45-billion NLEX Harbor Link Segment 8.2 connecting Mindanao Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, targeted for completion by mid-2021.

For his legislative agenda, Go said he puts top priority in improving the delivery of health services particularly through the establishment of Malasakit Center, which seeks to help drive down medical cost to the lowest possible rate for indigent patients.

“So makakatipid po sila ….at pwede nilang gamitin ‘yung pera (na natipid nila) na pambili na lang ng pagkain. Hindi lang yun pati yung panahon nila, ‘yung pamasahe nila makaka-save po sila dahil hindi na sila palipat-lipat ng ahensya at hihingi ng tulong. Isang araw lang tapos na ang proseso,” Go explained.

A project of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center makes the process of availing of medical and financial assistance from the government easier and faster by bringing together in one room all concerned agencies such as the DoH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.

Go wants to enact a law to ensure continuation of the program and allow the establishment of Malasakit Centers in more provinces and key urban centers in the country.

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