Six provincial governors pledged to support the senatorial bid of former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and make him the number one winning senatorial bet in their respective provinces in this year’s midterm elections.
The endorsement was made Wednesday when Go, along with President Rodrigo Duterte attended the birthday celebration of Masbate Governor Antonio Kho’s in the town of Cataingan in Masbate.
Among those who pledged their support include Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong Jr., Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua, Sorsogon Gov. Robert Lee Rodrigueza, Mayor Vicente Limpiado of Tagapul-an, Western Samar who represented Western Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan and Kho himself. Former Sulu Governor and 2019 gubernatorial candidate Abdusakur Tan, who was there, also vowed to support Go.
The officials are known as the “Fil-Chinese bloc” given their Filipino-Chinese roots. In his speech, President Duterte noted that he himself, just like most Filipinos, has Chinese blood.
Following President Duterte’s greeting, Kho bared his alliance with fellow leaders to support Go’s senatorial bid and then asked them to join him in raising the former SAP’s hands in a show of unity.
“I am deeply honored with the support you have pledged. It inspires me to work harder in my advocacy to improve the delivery of services to our fellow Filipinos. We have no other intention but the welfare of our people,” Go said in response.
Go vowed to help bring the concerns of the local officials and their constituents to President Duterte.
However, Go’s elation turned to sadness, when he returned to Manila and visited on Thursday fire victims in Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque City.
The 8 January fire destroyed at least 50 houses, left 120 families homeless and led to the death of at least three people, as well as caused property damage amounting to P500,000.
“I’m sorry but I can’t help it. Every time we visit fire victims we try to cheer them up but I can’t hold back (my tears today) particularly after hearing one who lost his wife. He told me that even if they were not actually married he really loved his partner,” Go said, choking with emotion.
Go and his supporters distributed clothes, shoes, grocery items, food packs, meals, and cash assistance to the residents affected by the fire. He assured them too that he would seek further assistance for them from other government agencies and officials.
It inspires me to work harder in my advocacy to improve the delivery of services to our fellow Filipinos.
Earlier that day, the former SAP was in Calamba, Laguna to grace the Seminar- Lecture on Community Mobilization Project Orientation.
He assured the people of Laguna that the province would have its fair share development projects of the government even as he vowed to serve as their link to Presiden Duterte.
“Rest assured that you would have your fair share in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the administration, particularly projects that would help reduce traffic and improve travel time,” Go told Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez, Rep. Joaquin Chipeco Jr., as well as mayors of various municipalities and cities in the province.
Go cited the P124.1-billion Philippine National Railway (PNR) South Commuter Line project, consisting of 72 kilometers of rail from Manila to Los Baños. The detailed engineering design for the project is expected to be completed January 2019.
He also noted the PNR South Long-Haul project that would connect Manila to Bicol, passing Los Baños in Laguna along the way; the Phase 1 of the Metro Manila Subway Project for a 25.3-kilometer underground rail connecting the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, among other projects.