Bong Go vows to continue serving poor communities

October 25, 2019
Bong Go.
OKEY SA OLRAYT—Dahil sa labas na kasiyahn matapos silang hatiran ng tulong ni Sen. Bong Go kamakalawa ng hapon, nag-thumbs-up ang isang senior citizen na pansamantalang tumutuloy sa isang covered court matapos mapasama ang bahay sa mga nasunog sa Quiricada St. Sta. Cruz, Maynila.

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go said that he has no plan to seek higher office in the 2022 national elections amid his frequent visits to fire and flood victims saying he is grateful for what he has already achieved and as a senator, he is committed to continue serving the Filipinos. 

“Gusto kong mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati. Wala po akong interes tumakbo sa kahit anong posisyon (sa 2022). Basta committed ako, ang trabaho ng isang senador—legislation, constituency, at representation.  Hindi ko matiis na nakaupo lang diyan sa Senado habang ang ating mga kababayan ay naghihintay ng tulong, nagmamakawa,” Go told reporters when asked on the matter.

He said he has no other ambition except to fulfill his duties as a senator.

“Wala akong ambisyon kahit anong posisyon. Senador na po ako, isa lang po akong probinsiyano na binigyan ng pagkakatoan na maging senador. Binigay na po ng Diyos sa akin ang pagiging senador, wala na akong hihilingin pa sa Diyos, ibabalik ko sa tao,” he said.

On Thursday afternoon, Go visited an evacuation center where victims of a fire in Quiricada, Sta. Cruz, Manila were staying. Earlier in the day, he was in San Pedro, Laguna to give aid to fire victims there.

He has been going around the country visiting the victims of fires and other disasters to give groceries,  financial assistance and shoes.

Go said he is just fulfilling his promise after his proclamation. He insisted that he is not campaigning.

“After proclamation ko pa lang, nangako ako sa taumbayan na iikutin ko kayo kahit saang sulok kayo ng Pilipinas. Tapos na po ang eleksyon, kampanya pa rin ba ang tingin n’yo dito? Senador na po ako, kailangan ng tao ang tulong, ipagkakait ba natin sa kanila?” he said.

He said he  would weant the next president to continue the reforms initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Ang gusto ko lang po sa susunod na magiging presidente ng ating bansa, ipagpatuloy n’yo po ang pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte. Kung sino po ang magpapatuloy ng pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte sa 2022 ‘yun po ang aking susuportahan,” he said.

He added that he is willing to be the campaign manager of anyone who will do that.

The former special presidential assistant said he and the President will return to Davao when their term ends.

“Wala kaming ibang interes dito kundi ipagpatuloy lang ang pagbabago. Magseserbisyo lang kami sa tao pagkatapos uuwi na kami ng Davao. Probinsiyano lang po kami,” he said.

Asked for the source of the relief goods and assistance he is giving, Go said these come from private individuals who wanted to help.

“May financial assistance ng mga kaibigan ko ang pinamimigay ko dito, pati pagkain, groceries ipinamimigay namin dito. Iba rin ‘yung sa gobyerno, gaya DSWD, merong silang programa bigay tulong dito sa mga nasunugan,” he said.

He added that his friends from the movie industry sometimes accompany him in his visits to entertain the people for free.

“Dinala ko ‘yung mga artista dito  gusto ko pong pasayahin ang ating mga kababayan, gusto ko pong mag-iwan ng konting ngiti sa kanilang mga  mukha sa panahon ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” he said.

“Itong mga artistang ito, boluntaryo po itong nagseserbisyo nang walang bayad. Sina Robin (Padilla), Ipe (Philip Salvador) walang bayad po ‘yan pumunta dito para makapagpasaya. Sila ay mga kaibigan namin ni Pangulong Duterte noon pa man,” he added.

Both Padilla and Salvador were present when Go went to Quiricada, Manila. They sang a couple of songs and exchanged banters with the senator.