ILOCOS SUR – “Sur(e) na Sur(e) ang Ilocos Sur para kay Bong Go!”
This was the cheer of thousands of Ilocanos who joined the festivities organized by the Ilocos Sur provincial government over the weekend as they expressed their support for the candidacy of former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
The former SAP was in Vigan City for a dialogue with barangay leaders of the province as well as to grace the “Saniata Ti Ilocos Sur” 2019 pageant and coronation night, upon the invitation of Provincial Governor Ryan Luis Singson.
Go first spoke with members of the provincial government, barangay officials and other local leaders. He stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte is strongly against corruption and shared with them sage advice received from the President.
“Si Pangulong Duterte, galit na galit ‘yan sa korapsyon. Parati pa nga niyang bilin ito sa akin: ‘Do what is right and avoid corruption,’” Go told Ilocos Sur leaders.
He appealed to barangay officials to be faithful in their commitments as they are the frontliners in the government’s war against drugs, crime and corruption.
“Nakikiusap po ako sa inyong mga opisyal ng barangay: tulungan ninyo si Pangulong Duterte kasi kayo ang mas nakakaamoy at nakakaalam kung sino ang mga drug addict at drug pushers sa inyong mga nasasakupan. Kayo din ang mga unang humaharap sa mga taong nangangailangan ng tulong,” Go told barangay officials.
After speaking with local leaders of Ilocos Sur, Go proceeded to the “Saniata Ti Ilocos Sur” 2019 pageant and coronation night.
In both events, Go discussed that he is a supporter of the programs the government has lined up for the province.
Some of the projects include the Candon Bypass Road project, construction and maintenance of farm-to-market roads, Ilocos irrigation project, Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso (P3), and farm machinery distribution.
Go also discussed some projects he has in store for the Ilocos Sur. He said he intends to coordinate with the National Housing Authority and other particular government agencies to provide adequate housing for indigent Filipinos, especially those who were victims of fires. He also plans to construct safe and properly-made permanent evacuation centers placed at sensible locations.
Regarding the rebel forces roaming the Ilocos countryside, Go discussed that based on his 20-year experience in Davao City, localized peace talks between local officials and rebel leaders may be key to creating a more peaceful atmosphere in rural and provincial areas.
The former SAP expressed his gratitude to Gov. Singson and the other leaders of the province for their support as he vowed to double his efforts to serve the people.