President Rodrigo Duterte on Easter Sunday pushed the senatorial bid of his former special assistant Bong Go, as well as those of other Partido Demokratiko Pilipino bets in the May elections.
The President made the pitch at the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte.
“Akala nila dahil isang aide lang siya, ‘yung taga-karga lang. Hindi iyan,” President Duterte said at the rally wearing Go’s campaign t-shirt.
“Twenty one years na siyang nasa sa akin. Maraming dumaan sa kamay nito dahil siya ang aking pinagkakatiwalaan,” Duterte added. He earlier noted that not a single centavo went missing in the funds he had entrusted to the former SAP.
Duterte said that being a man of integrity, Go can be trusted by the people to be a senator who can be his partner in his effort to rid the government of corrupt officials.
Go assured the people of the province that he would continue to support the programs and policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte, lalong-lalo na po ang kampanya laban sa corruption, kriminalidad at droga,” Go said.
To help settle armed conflicts, Go vowed that he would support the government’s reintegration program for rebels and pursue localized peace talks.
“Susuportahan ko ang Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) ng ating gobyerno,” Go said.
Some benefits of E-CLIP include livelihood assistance, payment for surrendered firearms, and free skills trainings. Go wants to augment the program with bigger cash assistance, medical care, free housing, and other benefits.
Localized peace talks are in pursuant to the Executive Order recently issued by President Rodrigo Duterte creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
As a senator, Go said he would consider creating other laws that would strengthen or supplement the executive order.
For farmers, Go vowed to give them easy access to their needs such as machineries, fertilizers, seeds, irrigation, low-interest credit and free trainings.
His other plans include salary increase for nurses and teachers, salary and bonuses for barangay officials, youth and sports development center for every local government unit, free maintenance medicine for senior citizens, and free school supplies for students.