Go cheers up Kalibo fire victims

Sen. Bong Go receives warm welcome from Kalibo residents on Thursday.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go took time out from his hectic schedule on Thursday to visit fire incident victims of the Kalibo Public Market in Aklan.

A total of 270 stalls were razed. No injuries or casualties were reported.

The senator distributed food, grocery packs and financial assistance. School uniforms and supplies were also provided so as not to disrupt the children’s studies.

Representatives from the National Housing Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office accompanied Go.

Go also shared the status the Magna Carta for Barangays Act of 2019 and the postponement of the 2020 barangay and SK elections, which he both filed.

“Nasa committee level pa po,” Go said, referring to the Magna Carta for Barangays bill that was tackled during a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Local Government on Monday.

“Postponement naman, nasa plenary na. Tuluy-tuloy na po yun. Pinag-uusapan na lang ang petsa. Definitely, it will be after the presidential elections para bigyan ng pagkakataon ang bagong presidente kung anong direksyon niya sa kanyang pamamahala,” he said.

After Aklan, Go will join President Rodrigo Duterte in the decommissioning of firearms of former members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB). RPA-ABB is a splinter group of the New People’s Army (NPA) based in Western Visayas.

Go said the surrenderees will be given jobs, livelihood and housing assistance by the government. He also encouraged other rebel groups to support the government.

“Bibigyan sila ng livelihood, trabaho at pabahay mula sa pamahalaan. Ine-encourage sila ng mahal na Pangulo na magbalik-loob sa pamahalaan. Hindi lang sila, it also goes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Pati po sa mga NPA. Welcome po kayo,” Go said.