Hugpong, Bataan party forge alliance

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Bong Go welcomes the alliance of Hugpong ng Pagbabago and Partido Balikatan ng Bataan.

Bong Go welcomes the alliance of Hugpong ng Pagbabago and Partido Balikatan ng Bataan.

Posted by Daily Tribune on Monday, 3 December 2018

OLONGAPO CITY — Former Special Assistant to the President and senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday commended the signing of an alliance agreement by the Partido Balikatan ng Bataan (PBB) and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).

“Labis akong nagagalak dahil mas dumarami ang mga miyembro at kaalyansa ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago sa buong Pilipinas. Isa po itong patunay sa suporta at pagmamahal na ipinapamalas ng sambayanan sa ating Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte,” said Go in a speech during the signing event at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center here.

(I am happy because members and allies of Hugpong ng Pagbabago are increasing nationwide. This is one proof of support and love of the people for our President Rodrigo Duterte.)

Mayor Sara Duterte of Davao City, daughter of the President, formed this year the HNP while PBB was formed in 2009.

Bong Go, one of the senatorial candidates that HNP strongly endorses, also said in his speech, “Sa totoo lang, hindi ko na po ikinagulat ang pagsanib ng Partido Balikatan ng Bataan. Dahil iisa lang naman ang ating layunin—ito ay ang mapagsilbihan ang ating minamahal na Pilipinas.”

(Actually, I was not surprised of the PBB’s alliance with HNP because we only have one aspiration–to serve our beloved Philippines.)

Meanwhile, Go shared his main legislative agenda to the event’s attendees that included improving healthcare services in the country. He said he will study how the Universal Healthcare Bill can be enhanced to include the creation of Malasakit Centers in every province.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop wherein DOH, PCSO, DSWD, PhilHealth, and other satellite offices of relevant government agencies assist patients in getting medical and financial assistance. The Malasakit Center is one of the flagship projects of Duterte and Go.

Currently, there are 17 Malasakit Centers all over the country. Go said the government is planning to also put up one in Bataan and in other provinces in Central Luzon.

Bataan, being an agricultural province, is also part of his legislative agenda, Go said.

“Isa po ito sa aking legislative agenda, ‘yung food security. Susuportahan po natin ang ating agriculture sector,” Go said to the attendees.

(Food security is one of the legislative priorities. We will support our agricultural sector.)

Other plans of the senatorial aspirant is the establishment of a sports and youth development center in every city and municipality as well as providing mechanisms for localized peace talks to empower local government units to resolve conflicts in their respective areas.

Go is advocating for the review of the Juvenile Justice Law and promised to push for higher salaries for nurses and teachers and additional compensation for barangay health workers.

Despite his packed schedule, Go assured everyone that “ako ang magiging tulay n’yo sa Pangulo, knowing the President for the past 20 years, alam ko na ‘yun, kung ano ang gusto niya at alam ko kung anong makakabuti sa Pilipino.”

(I will be your bridge to the president. Being with the president for the past 20 years, I know what he wants and what will be good for the Filipino.)

Go thanked HNP for supporting his senatorial bid.

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