DAVAO CITY -- Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday said he has dedicated his life to serve President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people.
Go made the vow during the grand campaign rally here of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago regional party, led by presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. He thanked Mayor Sara, congressional candidate Paolo Duterte, vice mayoralty candidate Baste Duterte and other officials of the city for their support.
“Ang laki po ng utang na loob ko sa kanila (Duterte family). Hanggang kamatayan po akong magsisilbi sa kanila at sa taong bayan,” said Go, who had served as the trusted aide of President Duterte for over 21 years.
After the Davao residents said they are satisfied with the performance of President Duterte for the first three years of his term, Go assured the crowd that he fully supports the programs and policies of the President.
“Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte, tulad ng kampanya laban sa corruption, kampanya laban sa kriminalidad, at kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” Go said.
“Kung ano po ang nasimulan at natutunan ko dito sa Davao, dadalhin ko sa buong bansa bilang patuloy na serbisyo sa tao, sa bayan at sa Diyos,” he added.
Go said that in running for the Senate, he has prepared a legislative agenda that includes among its top priorities the improvement in the delivery of health services in the country, noting that many public hospitals lack the necessary equipment and facilities to handle the large volume of patients.
“Gusto ko rin pong maisabatas itong Malasakit Center para tuloy-tuloy ang programa kahit hindi na pangulo si Pangulong Duterte at madagdagan pa natin ang mga Malasakit Center sa iba pang probinsya at mga lungsod dito sa ating bansa upang mas maraming matulungan,” Go said.
A brainchild of Go, the Malasakit Center is a program of the Duterte administration that makes it easier and faster for poor patients to avail themselves of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room concerned agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO, and Philhealth.
The Malasakit Center was inspired by a similar program of President Duterte in Davao City when he was still mayor. Go vows to bring the same kind of service to the rest of the country.
“Bigyan po natin ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyo ang bawat Pilipino,” he said.
Other priority concerns under Go’s legislative agenda include programs for agriculture, education, housing for the poor, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, creation of Department of OFW, and improved benefits for senior citizens.
Go’s friends from show business also came to the HNP rally to support and endorse his candidacy, including Robin Padilla, Cesar Montano and Bayani Agbayani.
The former SAP rallied the people of Davao City to support other senatorial bets of HNP including former PNP chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu (Maguindanao), former reporter Jiggy Manicad, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
He also gave his support to other members of the HNP senatorial ticket, namely, Senate re-electionists and returnees Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Koko Pimentel, Bong Revilla, and Cynthia Villar.
“Kahit unahin niyo na po sila. Sila po ang makakatulong sa administrasyon, tutulong po sa amin sa mga isusulong ng Pangulo,” he said.
“Iboto niyo po kung sino sa tingin ninyo ang mga makakapagserbisyo sa bayan ng tapat at lubos,” he added.
By supporting the candidates of President Duterte, Go said the people of Davao can be assured that infrastructure and other development programs for Davao City and the entire region can be realized for the benefit of the people.
Among others, Go cited Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project (MRP). Costing an estimated P35.92 billion, the project involves the construction of a 102-kilometer single track rail running through Digos, Davao and Tagum cities in Region 11.
Go also pointed to the improvement plan for the Davao International Airport. The P40.5-billion project involves the provision of additional facilities and other necessary improvements in the airport. Project implementation will start within 2019.
He likewise said the region would benefit from the Davao Coastal Road Project, which is expected to be completed by 2021. The P19.8-billion project complements the Davao City By-Pass Road and Davao City Expressway.
Meanwhile, Go also expressed his gratitude to the people of Davao City after receiving a triumphant welcome during his motorcade hours before the rally. Despite the downpour in the afternoon, many residents came out in the streets eager to welcome him.
Go’s convoy was mobbed in many places by supporters waving back at him and chanting, “Go, Bong Go!”
“Salamat po ng marami sa mga taga-Davao na nagpaulan kanina (para sumalubong sa akin). Salamat po sa inyong mainit na pagsalubong,” Go said.
Despite being a native of Davao City and consistently placing among the top of the “Magic 12” in the recent surveys in the senatorial race, Go said he would continue to work hard and go around the country up to the last minute of the campaign period.
“Dito po ako ipinanganak pero hindi pa rin ako nagkampante, umikot pa rin ako, nag-motorcade ako, inulan pa kami kanina,” Go said.
“Pero hindi lang naman po pangangampanya ang sa akin. Mas importante po na makahalubilo ko ang ating mga kababayan, marining ang kanilang hinaing at mag-iwan man lang ng ngiti sa kanila,” Go said in an ambush interview.
Go attributed his strong performance in the surveys to the trust of the people on President Duterte. He also said the endorsements he received from the Iglesia ni Cristo, El Shaddai, and other religious groups is significant in boosting his chances in the May 13 elections.
“Malakas po ang aking kutob na maganda naman ang magiging resulta. Asahan nyo po mga Pilipino susuklian ko po kayo ng serbisyong tapat, makatao at maka-Diyos,” he said.