Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reminded members of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does not tolerate corruption.
Go was the guest of honor at PCL’s national board quarterly meeting and 7th series of Continuing Local Legislative Education Program on 5 December 2018. Councilors from cities and municipalities all over the Philippines attended the event at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“Para kay Pangulong Duterte, kapag ang isang tao na nasa posisyon ay corrupt, dapat tanggalin agad ito,” Go said. “Walang kaibi-kaibigan o kama-kamag-anak dahil ang ating boss ay ang sambayanang Pilipino. Kapakanan nila ang dapat laging inuuna at alam ko ito rin ang pangunahing layunin na ginagampanan ng lahat ng miyembro ng PCL.”
(For President Duterte, when one person in authority is corrupt, he needs to be removed immediately. No friends or relatives because our boss is the Filipino people. Their welfare should always be prioritized and I know this is the first objective that members of PCL try to fulfill.)
Go also told the councilors that he would help them fight corruption. “I will look into the Government Procurement Law and see how we can better improve the guidelines to make it more efficient and effective so that we can deliver and finish projects on time without jeopardizing the trust of our people.”
In another gathering of young legislators, Go said that he also wants to review the juvenile justice law and possibly lower the minimum age of criminal liability.
Go told the members of the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL) that Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Law of 2006 should be repealed or amended.
“Kung nais talaga nating mapabuti ang kalagayan ng ating kabataan at ang ating bansa, turuan din natin ng disiplina ang ating kabataan at ilayo sa masasamang loob na gusto silang gamitin para gumawa ng krimen,” he said adding that crime syndicates are using the existing law as a loophole to recruit the youth in the conduct of their illegal activities.
Under the law, offenders who are under 15 are exempted from criminal liability. They go through intervention, but they are not jailed. Those who are 15 to 18 years old are detained in youth centers and undergo rehabilitation.
Go was a guest speaker at NMYL’s forum and workshop on “Youth Engagement in Local Governance” in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City. The three-day event started the day before.
Go also shared his other plans for the Filipino youth. “I will push for the establishment of a youth and sports development center in every city and municipality,” he said. “The center will offer free sports equipment and will serve as a sports facility or be near sports facilities. The center will also serve as a venue for seminars and trainings for the youth.
“I also want our government to provide free school supplies to students, in addition to free tuition. Many students have learning difficulties because they do not have basic things to use in class. Let us give them what they need so that they can only focus on learning and finishing their studies,” he added.
Marlon Paulo Alejandrino, NMYL national president and Valenzuela City councilor, said that the event was open to at least 150 vice governors, vice mayors, provincial board members, city and municipal councilors, and Liga ng mga Barangay federation presidents who are 40 years old and below. Also invited were Sangguniang Kabataan federation presidents.
Go committed his support for local legislators and reiterated that he will continue to be their voice in the national government. “Ako ang patuloy na magiging tulay ninyo sa Presidente,” Go said.