Go thanks online rally organizers

Bong Go speaks at Kakamph online rally. (Kakamph)

Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday thanked loyal supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte for staging an online rally in support of pro-administration senatorial candidates.

“Maraming salamat po sa inyong patuloy na suporta sa amin at kay Pangulong Duterte,” said Go, noting the significance of the support coming eight days before the 13 May 2019 elections.

The theme of the online rally held at Promenade Hall in Greenhills, San Juan was “Makasaysayang online rally sa Pilipinas para sa mga tunay na kakampi ng bayan saan man dako ng mundo.”

Go said the familiar faces in the event supported then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and persuaded him to run for president in the 2016 elections.

“Ito ‘yung mga taong tumulong kay Pangulong Duterte at namilit kay Pangulong Duterte. So kayo ang dapat sisihin (sa pagkapanalo niya),” Go said.

He urged them to extend their support not only to his own senatorial bid but also to fellow administration candidates endorsed by the president like Sen. JV Ejercito, former PNP (Philippine National Police) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, and former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino.

“Asahan ninyo na hindi namin kayo bibiguin. Tuloy lang po ang serbisyo namin at tuloy ang laban natin para sa tunay na pagbabago ng ating bansa,” he added.

Addressing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) watching the online rally, Go reiterated his proposal to create a Department of OFW that will streamline the process of providing service and assistance to migrants.

He recalled that during his stint as SAP, he received many requests for assistance from distressed OFW. In one case, nine male massage therapists who were hired to work in Kuwait were exploited to provide sexual services. Go said they filed charges against their recruiter who went into hiding but was eventually arrested.

“Kung meron na po tayong Department of OFW, ito po ‘yung departamentong magsasaayos ng coordination ng functions ng mga embahada, sa OWWA, POEA, DoLE at DFA para hindi ‘yung papasa-pasa pa po,” Go said.

Go acknowledged the sacrifice of OFW who have chosen to leave the country to work in order to provide for a better future for their family. He added that it is the priority of the current administration to provide quality service to them and to protect their welfare.

“Uunahin po natin ang kapakanan ng OFW. Hindi po nababayaran ang lungkot. Mas nanaisin nilang magtrabaho (dito) at hindi mapalayo sa kanilang pamilya. Kaya lang kailangan lang po nilang magtrabaho sa ibang bansa para maghanap-buhay at mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilang mga anak,” Go said.

“Pareho po tayo ng layunin. Ang mabigyan ng mas magandang buhay ang susunod na henerasyon. Kaya nagtutulungan po kami para kahit papaano ay mabigyan kayo ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyo mula sa inyong gobyernong nagmamalasakit sa mga OFW,” he said.

One of his brainchild, the Malasakit Center, is based on the same principle of speedy delivery of services.

A project of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for poor patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room concerned agencies such as the DoH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.

“Ang amin lang po kung paano mapabilis ang serbisyo. ‘Yun po ang gustong-gustong mangyari ni Pangulong Duterte, huwag ‘yung patagalan kasi dyan po nag-uumpisa ang red tape,” Go explained.

Go is pushing for a law to institutionalize the Malasakit Center and establish additional centers in more provinces and strategic urban areas in the country.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko rin po ang pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte. Suportado ko ang kampanya laban sa kriminalidad, kampanya laban sa corruption at kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” Go said.

Go said he would also pursue programs for agriculture, education, housing for the poor, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare and improved benefits for senior citizens.

“Tulungan po natin si Pangulong Duterte sa natitirang tatlong taon niya. Sabi niya ibubuhos na niya lahat. Wala po kaming ibang interest kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” Go said.

“Ang bisyo ko po magserbisyo dahil ang paniwala ko ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” Go said.