WHEN the government fails to promote the welfare of the poorest of the poor, particularly the sick and the elderly, then it loses not just its credibility, it also angers the whole Filipino people.
In the view of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, government officials, as public servants, ought to show genuine compassion (malasakit) for the unfortunate members of society.
And the neophyte senator was quick to pay glowing tribute to his mentor and role model, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who has always put into action the true meaning of “malasakit.”
Go acknowledged that “marami akong natutunan kay Pangulong Duterte kung paano magmalasakit…sa Pilipino,” adding “cancer patients have always been a priority of the President.”
In fact, way back in 2011, President Duterte donated to the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc. his own house inside Margarita Village in Lanang, Davao City just to house cancer patients.
Today, the “House of Hope” run by the fund is permanently housed in that home donated by the Chief Executive, the first Mindanaoan to occupy the premier political post of the land.
Despite his hectic schedule, tough-talking but compassionate President Duterte visits the children cancer patients during Christmas, his birthday and St. Valentine’s Day.
Likewise, Go said that his idea of putting up “Malasakit Centers” in various parts of the country was inspired by Duterte’s display of “true compassion” for the sick, particularly cancer patients.
Government officials, like President Duterte and Senator Go, deserve the support of the Filipino people as they exert their best efforts to help the needy, the sick and the elderly.