By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that it should be the
Filipino people who must judge the legacy of President Rodrigo Duterte
as the latter’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) is set to
take place on July 26.
During his visit to Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA)
members in Caloocan City on Wednesday, June 30, Go shared some of the
policies and accomplishments of the Duterte administration which
improved the country’s efforts towards providing a more comfortable
life for all Filipinos.
“Alam n’yo, mga pinangako n’ya, ang laban sa korapsyon sa gobyerno,
kriminalidad, at iligal na droga… napakahirap po sugpuin totally ng
iligal na droga pero talaga pong sinisikap ng Pangulo ang lahat ng
makakaya (niya),” said Go.
“Let the people be the judge. Tanungin n’yo ang inyong mga anak, yung
mga OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), tanungin n’yo ang mga anak nila…
Nakakauwi na ba sila nang ‘di nababastos? Kayo na po ang humusga sa
ginawa ng Pangulo. Yung ginawa n’ya pong pagsa-sakripisyo, sinugal
n’ya po ang kanyang buhay para sa ating mga anak, sa next generation
po,” he added.
Without delving into details about Duterte’s legacy, Go emphasized
that the President implemented important infrastructure projects in
the country through his “Build, Build, Build” program. He also cited
the decreasing crime rate in the Philippines and the improving traffic
situation in the country’s roads.
“Kung mga proyekto naman po ang pag-uusapan, makikita n’yo naman po
ang Build, Build Build, nandiyan po. Crime rate, bumaba, kaso ng mga
durugista, mas kumonti, bagama’t marami ang namamatay dahil
nakikipagpatayan sila. Eh, kapag pumasok kayo sa droga, alam n’yong
ang isang paa n’yo, nasa hukay na. Pumasok kayo sa droga, sugal n’yo
na po ‘yun,” said Go.
“Sa accomplishment po, napakarami na po, (tulad sa) transportation. In
fact, bukas po magbubukas ang bagong linya ng LRT d’yan sa Antipolo,”
Go mentioned that it is common Filipinos who can see and feel the
changes brought by the Duterte Administration. So it is only right
that they are the judge whether or not the President has accomplished
his promise of providing positive change in the lives of Filipinos.
“Hayaan na natin sila humusga… Marami na pong nagawa ang ating mahal
na Pangulo, National ID, Ease of Doing Business, strong telco sector…
health natin, libre po… ang ating universal healthcare. Meron na rin
po kayong Malasakit Centers na isa sa ating isinulong. Ako naman po,
meron na tayong National Academy of Sports, isang eskwelahan po na
pwede nang mag-aral at magtraining ang ating kabataan at the same
time,” he shared.
“Marami na pong nagawa ang ating mahal na Pangulo. Asahan n’yo po
hanggang sa huling araw ng kanyang termino ay gagawin nya ang lahat.
Ito pa, free tuition po sa college. Alam n’yo naman po ‘yun na
importante po ‘yun sa ating mga estudyante, sa mga kababayan nating
mahihirap. Sa peace naman po, na-achieve natin ang peace sa Mindanao,
itong BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) Law,
naipasa, ginagawa po lahat ng ating gobyerno,” Go added.
According to Go, some of the major accomplishments of the Duterte
Administration includes the significant drop in crime rate throughout
the country; the implementation and construction of big-ticket
infrastructure projects under the Build Build Build Program; the
reduction of poverty incidence among Filipinos; programs and policies
which stimulated the economy to grow above 6% before the pandemic; tax
reform to address inequality; improving ease of doing business in the
country, among others.
Moreover, Go assured the public that President Duterte will continue
to work double time to accomplish all of his plans for the benefit of
the Filipino people until the end of his term.
Preparations for the SONA are ongoing. Congress is considering
allowing up to 200 people to attend Duterte’s State of the Nation
Address. According to House of Representatives Secretary General Mark
Llandro Mendoza, this can be accomplished while still adhering to
distance regulations by having some lawmakers occupy the audience
galleries. Last year, only about 50 individuals were physically
allowed to attend the SONA.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Security Group is considering permitting
individuals who have been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 to
physically attend the event, which will take place at the Batasang
Pambansa in Quezon City. (AI/MTVN)