Senator Christopher Go urged Filipinos to help the government identify, prosecute, and hold accountable unscrupulous public officials by reporting any anomalous activity they see to concerned government agencies. This comes after fellow Senator Manny Pacquiao claimed that corruption worsened during the Duterte Administration.
“Isa po yan sa ipinangako ni Pangulong Duterte, nung unang araw ng kanyang termino, labanan ang korapsyon sa gobyerno, labanan ang iligal na droga, labanan ang kriminalidad. Itong korapsyon, halos linggu-linggo may pinapangalanan si Pangulo. Halos linggu-linggo, meron siyang dini-dismiss. Halos linggu-linggo, meron pong mga suspindido,” he said.
Go said that the President’s office and his are always open to listen to reports of corruption committed under the current government in line with efforts to put an end to such acts. While it would take time to totally eradicate corruption, the Senator added that he and Duterte will not tolerate it, regardless of who the perpetrators are.
“Kahit na tumulong ka nung kampanya, kahit na kaibigan ka namin ni Pangulong Duterte, kapag pumasok ka sa korapsyon, sibak ka. Wala pong sinasanto si Pangulong Duterte,” he added.
While he takes a hardline approach to corruption, Go said that fairness and due process should also be extended to hard-working agencies and honest government officials.
“Tukuyin n’yo po. Seryoso po itong kampanya laban sa korapsyon sa gobyerno. Labanan ang korapsyon sa gobyerno. Iisa po tayo dyan. Magkaisa po tayo labanan ang korapsyon,” the Senator said.
Meanwhile, Go remains hopeful that the issues within ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) can be resolved.
Go added that he has high respects for Senator Pacquiao. “Nag-usap na po kami noon pa. Wala pa itong political issue, magkasama po kami ni Senator Pacquiao and we respect each other po. Nire-respeto namin ang karapatan ng isa’t isa at pareho po kaming miyembro ng PDP-Laban. Pareho po kaming senador.”
With Duterte’s term coming to an end next year, Go said that it is usual for political dynamics to change. He added that he respects the right of his party-mates, but said that he would have wanted for PDP-Laban to remain intact.
“Para sa akin, being a member also and officer of PDP ay nirerespeto ko po ang karapatan ng bawat isa. Ako lang po ay nasasayangan. Nanalo po kami bilang miyembro ng PDP, sana po ay maging intact po ito. Tuluy-tuloy pong maging intact at maging solid pa rin po going to the next year’s election,” he ended.