Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go has issued this warning to the public not to fall victim to fake news and disinformation being pushed by those who wish to take advantage of the vulnerabilities of Filipinos during these challenging times. He said that certain groups are simply trying to sow hatred and divisiveness in order to push their political agenda and vested interests.
“Inaasahan ko na yan ngayong papunta na tayo sa eleksyon. Walang katapusang kasinungalingan at pagpapakalat ng fake news na naman mula sa mga grupong walang ginawa kundi manira ng kapwa,” Go said
He called on Filipinos to stay vigilant and validate information being spread in various communication channels in order not to be victimized by black propaganda.
“Hayaan na lang natin ang taumbayan na ang humusga kung sino ang tunay na nagtatrabaho, sino ang nagmamalasakit, at sino ang talagang nagseserbisyo sa bayan,” Go said.
Go said he will not be surprised if more fictitious claims would arise in the coming days. He stressed that this style of dirty politics is nothing new especially coming from those who only want to discredit the efforts of the government.
The senator also reiterated that he has no interest in running for President in the upcoming elections despite the trust and support given to him by his partymates and supporters. Hence, he said he finds it irrelevant that he is being targeted by those spreading falsehoods.
Go assured Filipinos that despite the various issues thrown against the administration, they remain focused on fulfilling their mandate and in leading the country towards overcoming the pandemic.
Commenting on false allegations being spread on social media about a house being built in an exclusive village, as well as malicious and fabricated information about his family, Go categorically said that there is no truth to these claims.
“Hindi ko alam yang mga bahay ng mga mayayaman sa Ayala Alabang tapos sasabihin na may bahay ako dun. Nakakahiya naman sa tunay na may-ari ng bahay. Kung gusto ninyong ipilit na akin yan, sige, patunayan ninyo at inyo na yan!,” Go dared.
Meanwhile, Go remained firm on his stand against corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs, saying that fighting these societal ills continues to intensify despite the attempts to discredit the efforts of the Duterte administration.
“Nagsalita na ang Pangulo. Nagsalita na rin ako. Sabi namin na magre-resign kami kung may mapatunayan na kaso ng anomalya laban sa amin. Ano pa ba ang gusto ng mga kalaban? Imbes na patunayan at magsampa ng kaso, puro paninira na lang ang inaatupag. Napaghahalataan na tuloy na desperado na sila,” Go said.
Go said that others are wasting precious time and resources just to discredit the country’s COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout efforts just to push for their own ambitions.
“Their agenda is clear — to destroy others just to paint them clean knowing they are not. The blatant disregard for due process, fairness and the rule of law shows their true colors.”
Despite all these, Go reminded those in government to focus on doing what is right and what is fair to protect institutions and the lives of the people they serve.
In the end, Go shared that he has lived a simple and decent life ever since and those who really know him would attest that there is no iota of truth to these allegations.
“Despite all these, I carry on — knowing I have always discharged my duties with utmost integrity and dedication. I assure you that no amount of black propaganda will derail us from our mission to serve,” he said. (SPH/Ado Paglinawan)