FORMER Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Law-rence “Bong” Go urged the public to help President Rodrigo Duterte in his campaign to rid the government of corrupt officials.
“Halos buwan buwan ay meron siyang sinisibak. At marami po siyang nadidiskubre,” Go said in a radio interview.
Speaking in Iloilo City, President Duterte vowed to sack more corrupt officials as he noted that reprimand and suspension of erring civil servants no longer work.
“Talagang ini-encourage ko lahat na magsumbong sa lahat ng mga katiwalian, pangingikil, extortion, lahat po ng panggagamit ng pangalan. Marami pong nagrereport sa amin so pinapaimbestigahan natin. In fact yung iba na-file-lan na ng kaso at nae-entrap na po,” Go pointed out.
Go said the people can report their information on corrupt officials to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission as well as the Truth and Justice Coalition that he and Greco Belgica have formed.
“So kung gusto ninyong tulungan ang gobyerno i-report ninyo. Gaya ng sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte i-report ninyo kaagad, ibulong ninyo kaagad, para makarating sa amin,” Go said.
Even as this developed Go said President Duterte would make good his warning of declaring a revolutionary government if there is enough legal basis to warrant such action.
Earlier, President Duterte warned of suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus and declaring a revolutionary government if he is pushed to the wall about the review of government contracts with private firms, stressing he would not allow onerous and burdensome provisions.
“Alam nyo po si Pangulong Duterte ay isang abogado, beteranong abogado na po siya, matagal na naging fiscal ng Davao City yan. Alam nya po kung ano ang nakasaad sa batas at sa Constitution, at nirerespeto niya yun,” Go said.
“I doubt kung gagawin ni Pangulong Duterte yun, magde-declare po siya ng revolutionary government kung wala namang legal na basehan,” he added.
However, Go said it would be an entirely different matter if there are plots to topple the government or a rebellion broke out.
“Ngayon kung pababagsakin mo ang gobyerno, tulad ng ginagawa ng iba, o papasok sila sa rebelyon ay posible pong mangyari yun — kung talagang sisirain mo ang gobyerno at gusto mong pabagsakin. Subalit kung wala naman pong ganung pangyayari ay hindi po gagawin ng ating mahal na Pangulo yan,” Go said.
According to the former SAP, who has served Duterte for over 21 years, the President is open to criticisms as long as they are truthful.
“Ang pambabatikos sa kanya ng oposisyon ay kasama naman yan sa pamumulitika natin. Kaya lang po importante po na totoo yung sinasabi nila. Gaya na lang po sa mga mamamahayag sa Davao, sabi niya basta sabihin lang nila yung totoo, hindi yung iniimbento at talagang personal na paninira na wala namang basehan at hindi na po kasama sa kanyang trabaho,” Go said.
According to the President, he already has a lot on his plate with the campaign against drug and criminality so his critics should think twice before making any statements, especially accusing him of being a dictator.
Go emphasized the gains of the Duterte administration in its anti-drug campaign but bared that President Duterte is “exasperated” over the entry of illegal drugs despite the administration’s unrelenting crackdown.