Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who is running for a senatorial seat in the 2019 elections, has vowed to work for fair distribution of government projects and services among regions and provinces nationwide.
In a radio interview Wednesday, Go said the concerned department or agency should determine the particular projects needed in different areas of the country, which have their own circumstances and peculiar needs.
“Ang importante po ‘yung mismong ahensya na lang po ng gobyerno tulad ng DPWH, sila na lang po ang mag-i-implement dito,” he said.
Go said what is important is the prudent use of public funds to avoid corruption and so that no locality is left behind when it comes to development.
“Halimbawa sa lugar na ito, malaki ‘yung population at kailangan ng proyekto. Dapat po ‘yung ahensya mismo ang magde-determine kung ano ‘yung kailangan nila doon na infrastructure (projects),” he explained.
In the same manner, Go said the Department of Health should determine the particular needs of government hospitals, including equipment and medicine, depending on the peculiar needs of the people in a certain area.
“Basta ako po ang interest ng bayan parati ang importante po sa akin–kung ano ‘yung makakatulong sa ating mga kapatid,” he said.
Go recalled that he was reluctant about running for the Senate but President Rodrigo Duterte himself asked him to throw his hat in the political arena.
“Sabi niya ito lang ang sasabihin ko sa iyo hindi ka magkakamali: unahin mo ang kapwa tao. Kaya iyon po ang ginagawa ko,” Go said quoting Duterte.
As Duterte’s most trusted aide for more than 20 years, Go said it is but natural that his legislative agenda supports the programs and policies of the administration.
“Susuportahan ko ang legislative agenda niya dahil alam ko namang ikakabuti ng bayan ‘yun. Galit siya sa korapsyon, galit din ako sa korapsyon. Galit rin kami pareho sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad,” Go said.
Still, Go said that he would not neglect his advocacy to improve the delivery of quality health services, including the establishment of Malasakit Centers in public hospitals to bring together all concerned government agencies that provide medical subsidy to make it faster and easier for poor patients to get help.
Go earlier said he plans to pass a law for the establishment of a Malasakit Center in all provinces and urban centers in the country.
Likewise, Go said he would not stop looking after the welfare of victims of poverty and calamities.
“Nangako ako noon nung nasa gobyerno pa ako, papasukin ko kayo hanggang kaya ng aking panahon, kaya ng aking katawan. Ngayon pinapasok ko pa rin kayo. Kung sakali po akong papalarin, papasukin ko kayo kahit saan po. Ang importante mapakinggan ‘yung mga hinaing nila,” Go said.
Go also said that despite leaving government service, his days became even busier because he still had to attend to the personal needs of President Duterte from time to time to fulfill his personal promise to the Chief Executive.
“Ibig kong sabihin habang buhay ko siyang sasamahan. May mga personal na bagay na kailangan ko pong atupagin sa kanya at pangako ko iyon sa kanya at sa kanyang pamilya. Alam nyo po ang tiwala hindi basta basta ipapasa lang,” Go said.
However, he clarified that no government funds were involved in times when he still accompanies the President in his activities.
“Nung secretary pa po ako, sabi ko I will resign kung meron kayong ma-prove na ginastos kong piso sa gobyerno sa pag-iikot ko. Lalong lalo na po ngayon, kahit piso po (wala). We observe delicadeza gaya ng Pangulo,” Go stressed.
Consistent with this position, Go also said that personally he is not in favor of the pork barrel system.
Apart from improved health service and the fight against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, Go’s legislative agenda also covers agriculture, housing, education, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, fire protection and prevention, creation of a Department of OFW, barangay welfare, and additional benefits for senior citizens.