Having immersed himself in national and local governance for more than two decades, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go can bank on his experience to craft laws on local governance if he makes it to the Senate in the 2019 mid-term elections.
Bong Go was executive assistant to then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for 20 years. He was, for more than two years, the Special Assistant to the President (SAP) of now President Duterte.
Bong has resigned as SAP after filing his bid for a Senate seat in next year’s May polls.
Based on his experience on local governance, three associations of Local Government Units (LGUs) have endorsed Bong’s Senate bid.
Go’s bid has been endorsed by President Duterte who expressed confidence his former top aide would make it to the Senate.
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.
“Go can be the voice of local government officials in the Senate due to his extensive experience in local governance,” said Davao City councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, secretary general of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).
ULAP, the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) have passed resolutions of support for Bong’s Senate run.
“From being the long time aide of former Mayor Duterte, as well as his experience as Special Assistant to the President, Bong Go sees the problems in the ground,” said Dayanghirang.
Bong Go can use these experiences to push for laws that will uplift the lives of poor Filipinos,” Dayanghirang added.
In recent interviews, Bong said that he will push for the legislative agenda of the President and will bring to the Senate the fight for real and genuine change.
There is need to continue the mission to achieve real change started by our President, he said.
Go said that he sees his experience working under Duterte for so long as his strength in understanding and addressing the real problems of ordinary Filipinos.
“Marami akong sisilipin na mga batas, yung ibang batas na natutulog; kaya sabi ko mas kapa ko at alam ko ang nangyayari sa baba. Nasa executive ako for the past 20 years. Ramdam ko kung ano yung totoong napapatupad na batas. Akin itong sisilipin at i-improve kung sakaling palarin maging senador,” he said.
Go has also been instrumental in pushing for the Malasakit Centers to make quality healthcare more accessible to Filipinos.
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).