SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his gratitude to all the volunteer local artists who performed for President Rodrigo Duterte during an online concert held on Sunday, August 30.
The group “Volunteer Artists for Duterte”, led by veteran singer and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation official Jimmy Bondoc, organized the event to show their appreciation for President Duterte’s tireless leadership during these exceptional times.
Both Duterte and Go briefly appeared during the concert to thank the organizers for their support. President Duterte invited them to visit his home after the pandemic and expressed his hope that a vaccine against the coronavirus would be in place before the end of the year.
The President also announced a visit to Jolo, Sulu on Sunday evening, where he would pay tribute to the fallen members of the security forces who died during the twin bombings that occurred last August 24.
“Diretso ako ngayon sa Jolo, doon sa blast site. Mabigyan ko lang ang mga sundalo natin, mga sundalo ko, mga pulis ko ng importansya sa kanilang kamatayan. I’ll go there to fulfill the duty of a commander-in-chief,” President Duterte said in a video message.
Meanwhile, Go earlier reiterated his call for all agencies of government to ensure that those responsible for these acts of terrorism are held accountable for their actions. “Bigyan natin ng hustisya ang mga inosenteng buhay na nawala dahil sa walang saysay na terorismo.”
Previously, Go explained that the Anti-Terrorism Law must be implemented properly to enforce the law within its bounds against those who break it in order to stop terrorism at its roots.
“Gamitin dapat ang ngipin ng ATL para labanan ang terorismo especially sa Jolo. Tuloy tuloy po ang digmaan doon laban sa mga terorista. Kailangan nating ipakita sa kanila na andyan po ang gobyerno para sa kanila,” Go said.
Go, in his message during the online concert, also stressed the need for unity and hope to overcome this time of crisis and thanked everyone for their solidarity.
The senator added, “Salamat po sa lahat ng mga naniniwala kay Presidente. Ang totoong timon natin sa panahong ito, walang iba kundi ang ating Pangulo at gusto niya lang po magpasalamat sa inyo sa lahat.”
Go expressed his firm belief that all Filipinos, regardless of their political affiliation, share the same wish: to return to the days before the pandemic when they can embrace their loved ones.
He vowed that he and President Duterte would continue to serve the nation to the best of their abilities and do everything within their power to improve the lives of all Filipinos.
“Mula noon, hanggang ngayon at sa darating pang mga panahon, buong puso kong ibubuhos ang aking oras at lahat ng aking makakaya para matulungan ang ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga mahihirap at iba pang kabilang sa vulnerable sectors ng lipunan,” Go said.
“Kami po ni Pangulong Duterte, palagi naming iniisip kung paano pa mas makapagserbisyo sa tao. Wala kaming ibang hangarin kundi ang kabutihan ng kapwa naming Pilipino. Huwag ninyo po akong ituring na iba sa inyo. Nandito ako para tulungan at pagsilbihan kayo sa abot ng aking makakaya,” he added.