While the country is grappling against the scourge of Covid-19, the political opposition and their black propaganda machinery are busy concocting toxins to poison the mind of the people.
Their targets are no other than Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his close confidant now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
An angry President warned those who splashed disinfectants on hospital front-liners attending to Covid-19 patients and ordered police enforcers to bathe them or let them drink the disinfectant in return.
He also ordered the military, police, and barangay keeping order amidst the rioting leftist elements to “shoot them dead” if their lives are in danger in the performance of their duty.
What came out in the mainstream media is just “shoot them dead” in bold letters and skipped the details that led to an uncontrollable mob.
In an obviously orchestrated cadence, the cabal of local and foreign-based propagandists attempted to denigrate Senator Bong Go.
There is no denying the fact that the Senator has always been with the President to assist and attend to his needs.
Bong is his data bank. He knows where to find the records in the voluminous files to name a few. We know the working habit of Duterte and Senator Bong Go is singled out to have the patience and stamina to last up to 3 o’clock in the morning while the President works and maybe patrolling the streets.
The black propaganda against Bong is as vicious as it is preposterous.
They made a furor of a small box containing 400 pieces of face masks addressed to Bacoor Medical Center “from Sen. Bong Go through the Lucio Tan Foundation.” As it turns out, the Foundation admitted to putting the name of the Senator and that the foundation was merely responding to the call of the President and the Senator for big business to help in the campaign to curb the scourge of the deadly virus.
The critics moreover are quick to exploit what they thought was a potent tool to hit Bong.
They came out with a narrative alleging that donations are to be coursed through the Civil Defense Office and for Senator Go to dictate where these will be allocated. This, the propaganda states, is done because the Duterte administration is building up Bong as a presidential candidate.
The donations referred to are test kits, Personal Protection Equipment and face masks.
The rib-tickler of it all is the claim that the donations will be sent to Malasakit Centers. This arrangement, the poison note alleged, is the reason why shipments of gears and kits to hospitals are delayed.
They are wrong in all counts.
The donors can consign their donation to any agency. Bong Go is not even in the radar screen on those perceived to be in the running for president.
If there was delayed in the provisioning of PPEs and Test Kits, blame it on Health Secretary Francisco Duque. He sat on his fat ass like Nero watching Rome burn.
That is why we in Davao are mad because our front-liners are getting sick.
Friends got together, in response to the PRRD and Bong Go’s appeal to help. And they provided the 500 PPEs and other gears for Southern Philippines Medical Center. We may be small but our gears can tie them up until Duque can wake up from his stupor and purchase the much-needed items.
In the words of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara, “there is no big and small right now, all the help to the frontlines is truly appreciated. Thank u!!”
And by the way, while true Malasakit Centers are pet projects of Sen. Bong Go who chairs the Senate Health Committee to help indigent patients, the black propagandists forgot that the centers only assist patients for funds and medical procedures needed.
It put under one roof PCSO, PAGCOR and other government aid agencies so patients will not be running around in search of assistance. They have no need for PPEs and test kits. Masks maybe.
To conclude, I want to express the sentiments of Dabawenyos and for that matter the Mindanaons: Just about the only Senator that is perceptible in time of crises and tragedies is the Davao Senator Bong and we are extremely proud of what he has been doing since day one.
What he does in civic action and in legislation are always centered on the poor. It is a habit which he cannot whisk away.
He dons his suit in Senate sessions and next moment puts on his working outfit to scoot or fly to any nook and corners in the country to extend help to victims of calamities and the needy. He might not be aware of it but he brings government close to the people.
This is the fourth attempt to disparage Senator Bong Go by maliciously implicating him with some shenanigans, knowing how intimate and trusted he is to the Chief Executive.
The earlier three I already mentioned in my maiden column here that appeared last April 2 entitled “Sir, get rid of this lame dook.” But a memory jog may be in order.
The third attempt was the preposterous story of FB@Confeermed which quoted the Senator as saying he will propose to Duterte to issue civil service eligibility to Chinese nationals so that they can replace Filipinos who complain of meager salary. Fact-checkers have appropriately dealt with this issue labeling it as fake news.
The second try was when the so-called whistle-blower alias “Bikoy” linked him to a fairy tale titled “Ang Totoong Narco List”. This was later debunked by Jumel Advincula who admitted to being the hooded Bikoy.
The first try was when they made a fuss over marginal comments on a document pertaining to the purchase of naval frigates which Bong referred to the Department of National Defense for appropriate action. When summoned by the Senate as head of the presidential staff, then Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado, said that was ridiculous because how could Bong have anything to do with the frigate deal when it was approved by the Aquino administration.
It appears that all these four dots lead to the door of a former senator and a former congressman.
Former Philippine navy officers are presently being monitored because it looks like they have organized troll groups who have taken advantage of the present Covid-19 crisis to shame the President and his friendship with China. This is curious because it appears, they are in collaboration with their American and Australian counterparts.
The fake news agents also maliciously amplified a confusion brought about by earlier-issued statements by the Department of Health spokesman that the test kits donated by the Chinese government were “defective.” DOH has already issued a clarification to the contrary and a public apology saying that the test kits were at par with standards of the World Health Organization.
The purveyors of fake news and black propaganda again hit the wrong target. They have become the most virulent virus in our midst, so watch out. (ia/sovereignph.com)