High trust, support most welcome, but focus remains in public service delivery towards pandemic recovery, says Go

High trust, support most welcome, but focus remains in public service delivery towards pandemic recovery, says Go

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said that while he is thankful
for the continuing high trust and support he and the Duterte
administration is getting from the Filipino people, his primary focus
now is on fulfilling his work as a public servant especially towards
helping the country recover from the pandemic.

Go was the chosen vice-presidential candidate of 23.6 percent of
respondents in Publicus Asia’s Pahayag-Quarter 3 survey, which was
conducted from October 11 to 18. Dr. Willie Ong came in second with 19
percent, Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III came in third with
17.3 percent, and Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan with 12.3 percent.

According to the same survey, Go has the highest trust score among
senators, retaining the top spot consistent with the earlier results
in Quarter 2 conducted last July of this year.

The independent and noncommissioned survey comprised 1,500 respondents
taken from a market research panel of more than 20,000 Filipinos.

Go emphasized that the country’s leaders must remain focused on
fulfilling their roles and overcoming the health crisis rather than
anticipating the upcoming national elections next year.

“Maraming salamat po sa mga kapatid kong Pilipino sa inyong patuloy na
pagtitiwala at pagsuporta sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte. Ngunit, ang
importante po ngayon ay ang serbisyong ibinibigay natin sa taumbayan —
kung paano natin sila maibabangon muli sa kahirapan, paano maiiwasan
ang gutom, at paano maipagpapatuloy ang ating pag-unlad,” Go asserted.

“Nasa Pilipino na po ang desisyon pagdating ng panahon. Ako naman po,
mula noon hanggang ngayon, ang prayoridad ko ay ang tumulong sa mga
nangangailangan,” said Go.

Moreover, Go reassured that he will remain dedicated to serving
Filipinos as long as he could.

“Sila po ang nagbigay sa akin ng pagkakataon na makapaglingkod sa
kapwa at marating kung saan man po ako nandirito ngayon. Hindi ko
sasayangin ang oportunidad na maglingkod sa aking kapwa Pilipino,” he
continued.

Earlier, Go committed that he will not waste any opportunity to serve
fellow Filipinos in need and that he will be a “working vice
president” if elected by the Filipino people.

“Hindi ko sasayangin ang bawat oras, minuto, o pagkakataon na
ibinibigay sa akin ng taumbayan na magserbisyo sa aking kapwa. Kapalit
ng inyong tiwala at suporta, ibabalik ko sa inyo ang serbisyong may
malasakit, tunay at nararapat,” he emphasized.

God-willing he becomes Vice President, Go promised that he will not
just be a spare tire and he is willing to work with anyone who the
people choose to lead the country.

“Ituturo ko po kung ano po ang natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte sa
kanyang administrasyon ngayon. Tutulungan ko para maging successful
dahil ito ang panahon ng pagtutulungan, ito po ang panahon ng
pagkakaisa,” said Go.

“Marami po ang nagugutom, marami ang nawawalan ng trabaho, so
magtulungan po tayo. I will be a working public servant para sa ating
mga kababayan,” he added.

The senator has also vowed to continue the legacy programs initiated
by the current administration especially in healthcare, infrastructure
development and the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal
drugs.

“Of course, mga programang magaganda, mga Build Build Build, kampanya
laban sa kriminalidad, korapsyon, iligal na droga… dapat maipagpatuloy
ang mga iyan,” said Go.

“Mas nakakalakad na po sa gabi ang mga kababayan natin nang walang
takot kumpara po noon. Kaya mga kababayan na natin ang huhusga kung
may pagbabago ba sa inyong buhay sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte. ‘Yun
po ang gusto kong ipagpatuloy at daragdagan ko pa po sa isang
gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit,” he added.

Go explained that despite his vice presidential bid, he remains
focused on his duties as a senator and public servant, especially in
assisting the government and the general public in combating the
COVID-19 pandemic.

“Magkaisa po tayo para mas mabilis na malampasan ang pandemyang ito
bilang isang mas matatag na bansa. Bayanihan at bakuna muna bago ang
pulitika,” Go said earlier.

“Sabi ko nga, mamaya na muna ‘yung pulitika. Unahin po natin ‘yung
pagseserbisyo para sa ating mga kababayan,” said Go.

Go vowed to continue to serve especially those who need government
attention the most and to fulfill his role as a bridge for the poor,
the needy, the hopeless and the helpless — connecting them to their
government so that their voices are heard and their concerns are
addressed during these trying times.

“Tulad ng bilin ni Pangulong Duterte sa akin, parati po at tinatandaan
ko ito: “unahin mo ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipino at mahalin natin ang
ating kapwa, hinding-hindi ka magkakamali,” he said. (ai/mtvn)

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