Three large associations of local government units and officials have boosted with their all-out support the senatorial bid of Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go, a former top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Go, who has resigned as Special Assistant to the President (SAP), has earned the support in separate resolutions of endorsement of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP). Governors of the Caraga Region in Mindanao earlier also expressed their support for Go’s bid for a seat in the Senate in the 2019 mid-term elections.
ULAP is the umbrella organization of all leagues and associations of local government units (LGUs), including LMP and PCL, and elective local government officials.
“Bong Go has exemplified the highest level of trustworthiness, dependability and sense of sacrifice in both his personal and professional capacities as he served the President and the country,” said ULAP in a November 8, 2018 resolution signed by ULAP Secretary General and Davao City Councilor Danny Dayanghirang and ULAP National President and Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara.
“Bong Go is a humble and simple man with an enormous heart for public service capable of a senatorial position,” added ULAP in the statement similar to that issued by LMP and PCL
ULAP noted that Go, who resigned as SAP to take a crack at the Senate seat, “even in his private capacity remains helpful and continues to serve the Filipino people especially the poor.”
“Bong Go is always ready to exercise firmness, and decisiveness as appropriate, never misses a chance to demonstrate empathy, and compassion for those who are in need,” added ULAP in the resolution.
After his resignation as SAP, Go has volunteered to help President Duterte in his private capacity.
Go continues to be the point man of the Malasakit Center, a one-stop-shop assistance project on health concerns, that Go started to establish nationwide as the then SAP of President Duterte.
There are currently fifteen cities with existing Malasakit Centers: Cebu, Tacloban, Iloilo, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila, Maasin, Dumaguete, Davao, Pampanga, Tagbilaran, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, and Legazpi.
“Sa Malasakit Center, hindi na dapat mahihirapan ang mga tao sa pagkuha ng assistance mula gobyerno,” he said. He further emphasized that the Malasakit concept should be applied in all aspects of governance to make it easier for people to avail of programs and services that will uplift their lives.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop program of President Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicine, with a fast lane for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Go will run under the banner of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bayan (PDP/Laban).
He is also in the line-up of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional political party formed in the Davao Region by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.