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PRRD signs landmark law establishing Malasakit Centers nationwide; also approves postponement of barangay and SK elections

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law two bills that institutionalize the Malasakit Centers and postpone the May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 2022. A ceremonial signing was held in Malacañang on Tuesday, December 3.

In his speech, the President said he is “elated and grateful” with the two laws, which he called “vital in realizing meaningful and lasting reform for the good of our nation.”
The two laws, which are the first to be passed in the 18th Congress, were both major items in the legislative agenda of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go during the campaign period. The bills that the Senator filed in July, right after assuming office, served as bases for the two laws.
Considered as a landmark piece of legislation, Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Center Act of 2019, mandates the establishment of Malasakit Centers in 73 hospitals that are run by the Department of Health (DOH) all over the country and in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. 
“The Malasakit Center is one of the solutions the Duterte government has developed to provide quick and quality access to healthcare to all Filipinos, regardless of their age, sex, ethnic background, religion and political affiliation,” Go said in his past statements. 
The Malasakit Center, intended to be a one-stop shop, consolidates the financial assistance that patients may apply for from four government agencies, namely, the DOH, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“With the Malasakit Center Act in place to complement the Universal Health Care Law, we are a step closer towards making quality health care more accessible and affordable for all Filipinos, especially the indigent and poor patients in need of medical assistance from the government,” Go said. 
Go expressed his gratitude hours before the ceremonial signing of the laws, when he attended the opening of the 52nd Malasakit Center in the country at the Ospital ng Malabon in Malabon City.
“Pera niyo po ito. Ibinabalik lang sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyong medikal para sa lahat ng Pilipino,” he said. 
President Duterte himself credited Go on several occasions for giving him the idea of opening Malasakit Centers, when Go was still the Special Assistant to the President.
Go sponsored the Malasakit Center Bill in the Senate, while his bill on the postponement of the village elections were consolidated with the bills of other senators.
Republic Act No. 11462, meanwhile, sets the next barangay and SK elections from the second Monday of May 2020 to December 5, 2022, and then on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter. The law extends the term of the current barangay and SK officials from two years to four years and a half.
“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 oportunidad at sapat na oras upang makapagpatupad ng kani-kanilang mga programa at proyekto,” Go explained. 
The President asked Congress to prioritize both bills when he delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address last July 22, 2019.

Bong Go assures nurses of salary increase; vows continued support for health care



President Rodrigo Duterte  postponed his scheduled meeting with farmers in North Cotabato on Friday, to first visit the slain and wounded soldiers who engaged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a firefight in Eastern Samar last Monday.

“President Rodrigo Duterte postponed his meeting with North Cotabato farmers on Friday to visit six dead and 20 wounded soldiers attacked by NPA (rebels) in Eastern Samar,” Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Thursday.

Duterte visited the wake of the slain soldiers at Camp General Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City.

At least six soldiers were killed and 20 others were wounded when the NPA detonated six explosives in Pinanag-an village in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Monday.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The President also visited the 20 wounded soldiers who were confined at the Camp Lukban hospital at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan City.

The President has conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, rank of Kalasag, on the slain soldiers, and the Order of Lapu-Lapu, rank of Kampilan, on the wounded soldiers.

The soldiers who were killed in action were Sgt. Rex Jadulco, corporals Ronald Go and Limar Banug; and privates 1st Class Kent Loyd Agullo, Charlie del Rosario, and Junmar Buranday.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is awarded to a government worker or a private individual who has rendered extraordinary service or made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy. The Kalasag Medal is conferred on an individual who lost his life as a direct result of his participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President, while the Kampilan Medal is given to a person who was seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of his participation in such action.

Malacañang said the dependents of the slain soldiers, as well as the wounded soldiers, would also get financial support from the government through the Comprehensive Social Benefit Program.

Participating in the program are the local governments; the departments of trade and health; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; the National Housing Authority; the Armed Forces of the Philippines; the Commission on Higher Education; and the National Police Commission.


Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his support for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill during the Senate regular session on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
Senator Risa Hontiveros delivered a privilege speech at the opening of the Senate session, seeking the support of her fellow senators to pass the SOGIE Equality Bill following an incident involving Gretchen Diez, a transwoman, at a Quezon City mall.

Diez was arrested on Tuesday after she took a video using her mobile phone on how she was prevented by a janitress from entering the women’s bathroom at the Farmer’s Market mall in Cubao.
In his manifestation of support delivered at the Senate floor, Go said that he was approached both by Representative Geraldine Roman and Senator Hontiveros to help them pass the bill.
“Nilapitan ako ni Cong. Geraldine Roman months before upang humingi ng tulong na maipasa ang bill na ito,” Go said in his statement.
“Kanina naman, I spoke to the lady from Akbayan, Senator Risa Hontiveros, on her fight to promote the rights and enhance the welfare of the members of various sectors of our society, including the LGBTQ community, through the SOGIE Bill,” he added.

UPDATE: Duterte eyes creation of LGBTQ body: Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday bared the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to create a commission for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pending the approval of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality… Read More

Go also said that he supports the proposed measure, recalling that his home city of Davao has the same measure to safeguard the rights of Davaoeño LGBT community.
“Suportado ko po ito. In fact, sa Davao po, meron kaming Anti-Discrimination ordinance. It declares as unlawful the acts and conduct of discrimination based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin,” he said.
Go then called on the Senate to ensure that all citizens must be treated equally and justly, especially gender minorities who also contribute to the country’s development.
“We are all equal under the law and it is our duty in this institution to ensure that all Filipinos – regardless of their age, sex, religion, ethnicity or gender orientation – are treated equally and justly,” Go said.
“Moreover, it is only right to protect the welfare of our country’s gender minorities who have contributed to our development and nation-building and have served and continue to serve the Filipino people well,” he added.
Ending his speech, Go said that as a diverse country, the Philippines must continue to promote acceptance and inclusivity for generations to come.
“As a country that prides itself for its diversity, it is our moral obligation to safeguard a culture of acceptance and inclusivity to ensure that our children and generations of Filipinos to come will live in a nation where they feel loved, cared for and accepted,” he said.


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My job is to help Filipinos

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday maintained that he is going around the Philippines to help Filipinos and promote the Duterte administration’s 3-point campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, and not for political gains. 

Go, who was rumored to be running for a Senate seat in next year’s midterm elections, visited this city to meet with more than a thousand residents from all over Northern Mindanao.

On whether he has already decided to run for senator next year, Go said: “It’s up to the President,” referring to President Rodrigo Duterte. “I will just do as he says, in case I will run for senator. Right now, my focus is to help those victims of fire. My job is to help Filipinos.”

“Why should I deprive those less fortunate the help that they need just to satisfy my critics? Let us just help,” Go told reporters in a press briefing before he faced the jubilant crowd at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines gymnasium.

During the event, Go also showed his supporters his basketball skills, saying sports is one of the ways to divert the attention of the youth from vices, particularly illegal drug use.

He said he fully supports Duterte’s anti-drug campaign and would aggressively work to keep the younger generation from being hooked on drugs.

“The President aims to eliminate illegal drugs in the country. If it can’t be eliminated, at least it will be reduced to its barest minimum,” he said.

During the meet-and-greet session with residents, Go extended assistance to victims of the recent fire incidents in the city. 

He also handed out pairs of shoes to adults and gave school supplies to children. 

Meanwhile, he said the members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked by Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution will submit their proposal to the President on Monday, July 9.

In a recent interview, former Senate Pres. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. said among the proposals the committee has come up with include the shift to a presidential-federal system of government, and the abolition of political dynasties in the country.(PNA)


SAP Go dares Trillanes to a ‘one-on-one’


Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes to a one-on-one after getting fed up with the latter’s incessant but largely baseless allegations against the Palace official.

Trillanes has been constantly accusing Go, the latest of which was on Tuesday, of pretending to be not interested in running for senator in the 2019 mid-term elections even while President Duterte’s most-trusted aide has been very visible in public engagements.

Sa sinasabi ni Senator Trillanes na nag-iinarte ako, hindi po ako nag-iinarte dahil hindi po ako politiko. Wala po akong plano, hindi ko po ito pinagplanuhan ( About Senator Trillanes’ claim that I’m putting up an act, I’m not since I’m not a politician. I don’t have plans, I did not plan this),” the Palace official told reporters during his visit to cancer patients at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City.

Kung gusto mo one-on-one na lang tayo. Basta one-on-one na lang tayo. Bahala na kahit anong one-on-one. Kahit saan, bahala ka na kung saan (If you (Trillanes) want, let’s have one-on-one. It’s up to you, what kind of one-on-one. It’s up to you where to hold it),” he said.

Trillanes and other government critics alleged that Go is already preparing for a senate run as evidenced by the streamers and tarpaulins popping out in conspicuous places bearing his picture and the words “Ready, Set, Go!”

Critics alleged that this, along with the various public engagements he has been attending lately, only proves that Go is already set to join the Senate race.

Go, however, denied the allegations saying it is not his fault if his supporters put up the materials and that he does not know who are placing them in the first place.

Nananahimik naman ako dito pero pinupuna niya yun. Hindi ko naman kasalanan kung may naglalagay dyan. Di ko na kasi kontrolado ang mga ito (I’m silent about it, but he criticizes it. It’s not my fault if there was someone who put it, because I have no control on them),” he said.

Go added that “Ready, Set, Go” or any slogan with “go” in its message does not necessarily imply his name.

May naglagay ng Ready Set Go, bakit ibig sabihin — ready, set, go — Go na agad yun? Tignan mo yung pader ng Navy, may nakalagay na Go Navy. Akin ba yun? Go Negosyo, baka ipagbintang mo pa yan sa akin (There was somebody who put Ready Set Go, did it mean –ready, set, go — Go already? See the Navy’s wall, there’s a ‘Go Navy’. Was it mine? Are you suspecting that ‘Go Negosyo’ is also mine?),” he said.

The Palace official could not also help himself from taking a swipe at Trillanes, citing the time the former renegade Navy official staged a coup but only to surrender in the end.

Senator Trillanes, ikaw nga nag coup d’ etat ka, umatras ka naman, sumurender ka naman. Anong klaseng coup d’etat yan, huwag kang sumurender (Senator Trillanes, you’re the one who stage a coup, but you withdrew, what kind of coup was that, don’t surrender), that’s all,” he said.

Kanya kanyang gimik yan Senator Trillanes! Manawagan ka rin sa mga supporters mo at ilagay mukha mo para naman. Yun na lang po. One-on-one na lang tayo Senator(It’s one’s own gimmick Senator Trillanes! You also call on your supporter to place your picture so that… Let’s have just one-on-one Senator),”Go said.

Meanwhile, Go said though he appreciates what his supporters are doing, he is discouraging them from continuing the practice.

He said even if his supporters do not stop, Trillanes need not worry since he would persuade them to place a picture of Trillanes next to his so that the lawmaker will not get jealous.

Huwag kang mag-alala Senator Trillanes. Papakiusapan ko sila na itabi yung litrato mo sa litrato ko. Nanawagan ako sa lahat ng supporters ko na pwedeng itabi yung litrato ni Senator Trillanes kasi sinabi niya nag-iinarte daw kami. Inggit lang yan (Don’t worry Senator Trillanes. I will ask them to place your picture besides me. I’m calling all my supporters if Senator Trillanes’ picture could be placed beside mine ),” Go said.

Go likewise challenged other critics that instead of wasting their time and efforts in criticizing him, it would be better if they channel their efforts and resources to help the needy.

Ayaw ko pong pag-usapan ang politika. Hindi po ako namumulitikja. Nandidito po ako para magbigay ng tulong at para i-share po ang blessing na dumating sa buhay ko (I don’t want to talk about politics. I’m not politicking. I’m here to help and share the blessings I get),” he added.

Sana po sa mga critics, sumama na lang kayo dito imbes na mag-critcize kayo. Magsilbi na rin kayo. Madaming mga kawawa dyan (I wish my critics, you just join us instead of making criticism),”Go said. (PNA)

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