As the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption intensifies, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go when asked after his visit to fire victims in Sta. Mesa, Manila, said it would part of the “new normal” in the coming months for the President to release a listing of government officials suspected of corruption.
“Papangalanan niya po ito sa publiko para malaman po ng mga Pilipino kung sino ‘yung may mga kaso,” he added. Go, then, warned government officials to shape up lest they want to be included in the list.
Go also mentioned that Duterte will talk to suspended officials of the Bureau of Immigration on Monday who are allegedly involved in the “Pastillas” scandal within the agency.
“Naghihirap po ang mga Pilipino. ‘Wag naman pagsamantalahan pa. Sa kampanya laban sa korapsyon, talagang tutuluyan namin kayo ni Pangulong Duterte,” he added.
Similarly, the Senator, who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Health, believed endemic corruption has also hampered the country’s ability to overcome the Covid crisis.
“Papaano tayo magkaroon ng mas mabilis na economic recovery kung talamak ang corruption? Kung patuloy na ninanakaw ang pera ng taumbayan na dapat ay ginagamit para sa kanila?” he asked previously.
“Gusto ng Pangulo na mag-iwan ng pagbabago sa bansa lalo na sa kampanya laban sa korapsyon—pagbabagong ramdam dapat ng taumbayan. Kaya nangako siya na lalabanan niya ang korapsyon until the last day of his term,” he continued.
Go said that various government agencies hounded by systemic corruption are currently being investigated by the expanded task force.
“Marami pa po sa Immigration, sa Customs, sa DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), sa DA (Department of Agriculture). Lahat po ‘yan, ongoing po ang investigation,” he said.
“Sa mga susunod na araw babanggitin ni Pangulo isa-isa ang lahat na mga nasuspinde sa Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Health at Bureau of Customs para malaman ng mga tao,” added Go.
Meanwhile, during the visit to fire victims, Go also reminded the residents against the dangers of using illegal drugs which causes substantial public health and social problems. As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he urged drug users to reform themselves and avail of services in established rehabilitation facilities.
The senator visited the fire victims in Barangay 628, Zone 63 in Sta. Mesa, Manila to provide emergency assistance. His team distributed meals, food packs, cash aid, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 615 families, composed of 2,425 individuals.
“Pakiusap lang, suotin ninyo ang mga ‘yan dahil delikado pa ang panahon sa ngayon. Pakiusap lang isuot ninyo ang mga masks at shields, mag-social distancing at maghugas kayo ng kamay,” Go advised.
Go also gave away bicycles to selected recipients to help them in their daily commute to work. They also distributed tablets to chosen beneficiaries to help their kids in their blended learning implemented in schools.
“May ibibigay rin akong mga tablets kaya mag-aral kayo nang mabuti. Ito lang ang kasiyahan ng inyong mga magulang at sukli sa lahat ng kanilang paghihirap para sa kinabukasan ninyo,” the Senator added. (Sovereignph.com)