SENATOR-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on protecting the Philippines’ territory through diplomatic means despite calls from the opposition for his impeachment.
“Tinatakot siya na pwede siyang ma-impeach, pero hindi nila alam, ang nais lang ni Pangulong Duterte ay ang interes ng lahat. Bakit kailangan siyang sabihan na makipag-away, makipag-giyera eh marami ang pwedeng madamay. Bakit kailangan siyang takutin? Alam niyo naman kung paano mag-kwento si Pangulong Duterte... para sa puso niya, ang kanyang sinasabi ay hindi na kailangan pang madamay ang lahat ng Pilipino sa isang insidente. Pero mananagot ang dapat managot sa naging insidente,” Go stated.
“Bilang ama ng bansa inuuna lang ni Pangulong Duterte ang kapakanan ng buong bansa at ang kaayusan ng lahat. Ako, kilala ko si Pangulong Duterte, interes pa rin ng Pilipino ang laging mauuna sa kanya,” he added explaining how the President only wants the best for all Filipinos.
Meanwhile, following his visit to the 344 families who have been displaced by fire at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Senator Go went straight to Mandaue, Cebu as he extended his assistance to the victims of a fire that broke out on June 27.
Senator Go personally extended his help to each family by giving them financial assistance and grocery packs.
Likewise, through the coordination of Go, various government agencies and his personal friends also pledged to help the victims.
“Galing ito sa mga kaibigan natin, mayroong financial assistance at grocery packs kada pamilya. Iba rin ang tulong galing sa NHA, PCSO, DSWD, at PAGCOR. Nandito rin ang DTI para sa magbigay ng livelihood. Ako na rin ang bibili ng damit ng mga estudyante pati na rin ng inyong school supplies,” he said.
Go further explained that similar to the President, he plans to be more hands-on and in-touch with the masses. True to his word, Go continues to visit urban poor areas all over the country to hear the grievances of every Filipino to address their immediate concerns.
“Kaya po ako nandito ngayon. Ipinangako ko ‘yan sa mga Pilipino na kung nasaan man kayo pupuntahan ko kayo. Ang gusto ko ay aksyon kaagad at ora mismo, uunahin ko kayo,” he said stressing how important it is for government to quickly respond to the needs of the people especially those affected by disasters.
The former Special Assistant to the President said that the Duterte administration remains committed to making sure that victims of disasters can rely on the government to help them rebuild their lives.
Throughout his visits to families who became homeless due to catastrophic fire incidents, Go had coordinated with the NHA to provide victims an opportunity to get housing assistance, and to facilitate payment terms that will unburden and allow them to recover from the tragedy.
Senator Go also took the opportunity to thank Cebuanos for their continuous support. Go assured them that they can rely on him whenever they need his assistance.
According to the Mandaue City Fire Station report, the sitios of Basubas, Maharlika, and Espina in Barangay Tipolo were placed under a state of calamity. There are estimated 1,200 families left homeless by the fire. No fatalities nor injuries were recorded, and damage was pegged at P1.3 million.