GO on Sanchez: Rapist and murderer should be in jail




Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday said that convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez is better off in jail as the former Calauan, Laguna mayor,  who is serving 7 counts of life sentence, is about to be released from prison.

“Mr Sanchez, ‘wag ka nang mangarap na makalaya pa. Ipagpatuloy mo na lang pagbayaran ang mga kasalanan mo dyan sa loob, kaysa lumabas ka, baka umikli pa ang iyong buhay,” Go said during an interview.
In 1995, Sanchez was convicted for the rape and murder of Mary Eileen Sarmenta and the killing of her boyfriend Allan Gomez, both University of the Philippines Los Baños students, for which Sanchez received seven counts of reclusion perpetua (or 40 years imprisonment).
In 2013, the periods for good conduct time allowances (GCTA) were increased by virtue of the Republic Act (RA) 10592 signed by then president Benigno Aquino III. The amendment allowed for the expanded application of GCTA and resulted in the possible consideration of earlier release for prisoners, including Sanchez.
Go stressed that there is a need to study the case of Sanchez and that there should be no guarantee that he will be released. He echoed statements of Justice Secretary Meynardo Guevarra and Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor Faeldon that there should be a stringent evaluation of cases of inmates in the application of GCTA.
“Dapat araling mabuti ang kaso niya. He did not apply for executive clemency. He is one of the names in the list of 10,000 inmates who may be benefited by RA 10592. However, this is not an automatic grant but will be subject to stringent evaluation as mentioned by SOJ (Secretary of Justice) and BuCor (head) Faeldon,” he said.
Go expressed his sympathy for the families of victims of heinous crimes and reiterated that the application for GCTA must be subjected to the most rigid and careful evaluation.
“I echo the sentiments of the families of the victims. First, show proof of good behavior and that these criminals will not be a threat to society anymore before we grant anything. I believe that’s the essence of the law,” Go said.
The senator supports the reinstatement of death penalty for certain heinous crimes. He filed Senate Bill No. 207 entitled “An Act Reinstating the Death Penalty for Certain Heinous Crimes Involving Dangerous Drugs and Plunder.” The bill seeks to effectively promote peace and order in the country and support the relentless campaign of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

Go wants barangay polls moved to 2022

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The Senate bill seeking to postpone the barangay election to 2022 will give incumbent barangay officials a chance to prove their worth to their respective constituents, a ruling party senator said on Tuesday in Cebu City.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he purposely filed the bill to extend the term of incumbent barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials up to October of 2022, in order to give them time to do their jobs, which will redound to the benefit of their constituents.
“I filed the bill that will postpone the barangay election from May of 2020 to October 2022 in order to give the barangay officials a time to work for the welfare of their barangays,” he said in Cebuano during his visit to 350 families who are victims of three fire incidents in Lapu-Lapu City.
HELPING FIRE VICTIMS. Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (with microphone) talks with fire victims in an evacuation center at the Lapu-Lapu City Fire District Station 1 in Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City on Tuesday (July 16, 2019). Go filed a bill, which seeks to postpone the barangay elections to October 2022, saying this will give the incumbent village officials a chance to work for their projects that will benefit their constituents. (Contributed photo)
Go said if the election pushes through next year, the effect would be detrimental to the incumbent barangay officials, who would only be allowed to serve for two years, which the senator described as “too short a time.”
On Oct. 2, 2017, Republic Act 10952 postponed the Oct. 23, 2017 synchronized barangay and SK polls to the second Monday of May in 2018.
The law also states that the next barangay elections shall be held in May 2020, effectively reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections to only two years, instead of the usual three years as mandated by the previous legislation.
“Kuwang kaayo ang duha ka tuig nga ilahang pagserbisyo sa ilang barangay nga wala man silay sala nga nakaon ang ilang termino tungod sa sige’g postpone (Two years is too short a time in serving a barangay because of their shortened term due to postponement which they cannot be faulted with),” Go said.
He stressed that the barangay officials cannot implement programs for their people if their term is so short, adding that subjecting them to another election affects the basic services intended for the residents.
Meanwhile, the senator from Davao City gave assistance to around 350 families, whose houses were destroyed in three separate fire incidents in Lapu-Lapu City.
He met the victims at the Lapu-Lapu City Fire District Station 1 in Barangay Gun-ob, where some of them are temporarily staying.
Around 200 families lost their homes when a fire hit the nearby Purok Ube late Saturday night (July 13). Other victims came from Sitio Bato, Barangay Maribago, where some 80 houses were hit by a fire on Sunday night (July 14). Some were victims of another fire incident in Sitio Ibabao, Barangay Pusok, on June 20.
Go brought lunch for the families and distributed cash assistance, grocery packs and shoes to the fire victims.
He also met with the representatives of different government agencies to address the various needs of the victims.
Go said in an interview with the media here that he coordinated with the agencies to make sure that the fire victims would be able to return to their normal lives.
He explained that the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry would provide livelihood assistance to the victims, and the National Housing Authority would assess their housing needs.
The other representatives were from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and the Department of Health. Personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection also gave assistance to the victims at the event. (PNA)


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SEN. BONG GO files bill extending the terms of incumbent barangay officials

For continuity and efficiency of barangay programs 


Expressing his empathy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials who wish to execute their programs fully in their respective constituencies, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed a bill seeking to extend the terms of office of the local officials to give them “ample time and continuity to pursue and implement the programs they have set in their respective jurisdictions.”

As committed during the Senatorial campaign, Go has filed a bill calling for the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections slated this May 2020 to October of 2022 to give barangay officials ample time to finish their respective programs and projects.
“Mga barangays natin ang pinaka-frontline ng ating gobyerno sa paghahatid ng serbisyo at sa kampanya natin laban sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad.  Kaya dapat lang na mabigyan natin sila ng sapat na panahon upang makapagpatupad ng kani-kanilang mga programa at proyekto sa kanilang mga nasasakupan,” he said adding that the postponement of the previous brgy elections has limited the term of current officials to only two years. 
In an interview after filling the bill, Go said that as the assistant of the President Rodrigo Duterte for several years, he is familiar with the kind of work that barangay officials render to their communities and they must be given enough time to implement them.
“Galing din ako sa local government. Sila [barangay officials] talaga ang nagdadala ng basic services at nagpapanatili ng peace and order sa kanilang mga barangay. Napakahalaga nila sa kanilang constituents,” Go said.
The term of incumbent barangay officials was reduced to two years after the Republic Act 10952, approved on October 2, 2017, deferred the 2017 barangay and SK elections and moved it to the second Monday of May 2018.
The law further stipulated for the next polls to be held on May 2020, reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections only two terms, instead of the three years mandated by the previous law.
“Hindi naman po kasalanan ng mga barangay officials ang postponement ng nakaraang eleksyon. Anong magagawa nila sa dalawang taon? Papaano nila maipapatupad ng buo ang mga gusto nilang programa? Ito po ang dahilan kaya gusto ko itong i-extend,” Go explained.
If passed into law, the bill will move the next barangay and SK elections to the second Monday of October 2022 and every three years thereafter.
As part of his legislative agenda aimed at helping the Duterte administration achieve positive genuine change felt by all Filipinos, Go personally filed  his first 10 Legislative measures last week at the Philippine Senate. 
“Inuna ko po ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipinong pinaka-nangangailangan ng atensyon mula sa gobyerno. Para ito sa mga may sakit, mga ordinaryong manggagawa, mga biktima ng kalamidad, at mga kabataan na pagasa ng ating bayan. Ito ang serbisyong ipinangako ko sa inyo, serbisyo at pagmamalasakit na ramdam kahit saang dako ng bansa,” he said.