CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte – President Duterte rallied support for former Special Assistant to the President and senatorial candidate Bong Go and the entire Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan senatorial ticket and guest candidates during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at Caraga State University on Sunday.
“Akala nila dahil isang aide lang siya, ‘yung taga-karga lang. Hindi iyan,” President Duterte said. He showed up at the rally wearing Go’s campaign T-shirt. (They say he is just a mere aide who carried things for me. That’s not true.)
“Twenty-one years na syang nasa sa akin. Maraming dumaan sa kamay nito dahil sya ang aking pinagkakatiwalaan,” he said. (He has been with me for 21 years and a lot passed through his hands because I trust him.)
Duterte had earlier noted that not a single centavo went missing in the funds he had entrusted to the former SAP.
Being a man of integrity, Duterte said 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 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. (I will continue the programs that were started by President Duterte, particularly his campaign against corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs.)
Go also vowed to support the government’s reintegration program for rebels and pursue localized peace talks to help settle the country’s armed conflicts.
“Susuportahan ko ang Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) ng ating gobyerno,” Go said. (I will support the ECLIP program of the government.)
Some benefits of E-CLIP include livelihood assistance, payment for surrendered firearms, and free skills training.
Go wants to augment the program with bigger cash assistance, medical care, free housing, and other benefits.
He also plans to craft laws that would strengthen localized peace talks pursuant to the Executive Order recently issued by President Duterte creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
He also promised to prioritize free health care. “Sisiguraduhin kong maayos na mapatupad ang Universal Health Care Law upang maging zero billing na sa ating mga ospital. Patuloy rin po akong tutulong sa pamahalaan sa pagpapatayo ng mga Malasakit Center.” (I will make sure that the Universal health Care Law will be properly implemented and our people will get only zero billing in hospitals. I will continue to help the government build more Malasakit Centers.)
Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for financial assistance from different government agencies, such as the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Social Security System, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
“Sa ngayon, 34 na ang Malasakit Centers na nabubuksan, at isa sa mga ito ay nasa Butuan Medical Center,” Go added. “Lahat ng taga-Agusan del Norte ay welcome na humingi ng tulong doon. Nais ko na magkaroon tayo ng isang Malasakit Center sa bawat probinsiya at malaking lungsod sa Pilipinas.” (We now have 34 Malasakit Centers and one of these is located at the Butuan Medical Center. Residents of Agusan del Norte are welcome to ask for assistance there. It is my goal to build a Malasakit Center in every province and big cities in the country.)
For farmers, Go vowed to give them easy access to farm machinery, fertilizers, seeds, irrigation, low-interest credit, and free pieces of training.
His other plans include a 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.
He also promised to help establish a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers and to continue his support to the administration’s three-point program against illegal drugs, crimes, and corruption.
Go said the people can always rely on him to help bring to the attention of President Duterte any concerns that they may have, including corruption in government.
“Noon, ngayon at saan man ako ipadpad ng tadhana, patuloy ninyo akong magiging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte. Basta kami, serbisyo lang sa tao dahil ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos. Wala po kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” he said. (I will continue to be your bridge to President Duterte wherever destiny may bring me. For me, service to the people is service to God. We have no other desire but to do what is good for every Filipino.)