SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to also ban from the Philippines American senators who prohibit entry to the US of Philippine government officials involved in the imprisonment of Senator Leila de Lima.
Go said the act of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin is a clear “interference to the internal affairs” of the Philippines.
“Nakakaloko kayo. I condemn this act of a handful of U.S. senators for seeking to ban officials of the Philippine government involved in the detention of Sen. Leila de Lima. This is an affront to our sovereignty and to our ability to govern ourselves,” said Go, the most trusted ally of President Duterte, in a speech during the 118th anniversary of the Balangiga encounter held Saturday at the town’s gymnasium.
“I will suggest to President Duterte to also ban these senators [from] our country for interfering [in] our internal affairs,” the senator added.
Go stressed De Lima’s detention is in accordance to Philippine laws, adding she was detained by a “lawful order by an independent court,” whose decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court.
“I recall one particular incident in in Davao City when an American citizen hit my car in a vehicular accident. He was arrogant and shameless. He refused to produce his driver’s license when asked by our traffic enforcers,” Go revealed.
Go also vowed to fight for the rights of all Filipinos, just like the President.
“Katulad ni Pangulong Duterte, ipaglalaban ko ang ating mga karapatan. Kasama ng mga kapwa nating Pilipino, asahan niyong ipaglalaban ko ang dignidad at kapakanan ng mga kababayan ko,” said Go.
Go added he and Duterte are willing to go to jail for the Filipinos.
In his message, the senator said that the victory of Filipinos in Balangiga is a testament to their bravery, dignity and love of country.
“Matagal mang tapos na ang digmaan at malaya na tayo mula sa ating mga mananakop, sana po ay patuloy na magsilbing inspirasyon sa atin ang engkwentro sa Balangiga. Pruweba po ito ng katapangan at karangalan ng ating lahing Pilipino,” he added.