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SAP Go vows to rally support for Bangsamoro Organic Law

bangsamoro-substatePresident Rodrigo Duterte’s top aide vowed to rally support for the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro once it is presented for ratification through a plebiscite.

“If it would help foster lasting peace in Mindanao, why not?” Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said when asked if he would help campaign for the law to get the support of Mindanaoans.

Go said the Moro people have been waiting “for so long” for the approval of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro, more known to Mindanaoans as the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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He said the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) earlier asked for his support for the law’s passage.


Alam kong masaya sila ngayon (I know they are happy now),” he told reporters on the sidelines of the mass oath-taking of the new members of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Pantukan Municipality, Compostela Valley province on Thursday where he was invited by the party as guest.

Personally masaya ako na officially napasa na ito matagal rin nilang hinintay ito(Personally, I am happy it was passed officially. They (Moro people) have been waiting for this,” he said.

concomOn Wednesday, the Bicameral Conference Committee approved the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro after six days of deliberations by the Senate and House panels in reconciling their respective versions of the landmark measure.

Advocates of the law said it aims to address the historical injustices committed against the Moro people and to grant political and fiscal autonomy to the region.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) hailed the law’s landmark provisions, such as on 75-25 wealth sharing scheme in favor of the Bangsamoro.

This increases the share of the Bangsamoro in government tax revenues by 5 percent compared with the current 70 percent being received by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) from national internal revenue taxes, fees, and charges, as well as taxes imposed on natural resources, OPAPP said in a statement.

The law also calls for the automatic allocation of the annual block grant for the Bangsamoro region, as well as the Special Development Fund in which the national government will allocate PHP5 billion to the Bangsamoro annually for a period of 10 years. It also provides for the Shari’ah or Islamic Law justice system that complies with the Constitution. (PNA)



Ginagawan ng issue ngayon ang mga kumakalat na billboards na nag-uudyok sa akin na tumakbo bilang Senador sa 2019. Sa mga naglalagay ng billboards, pakiusap lang po, tanggalin at itigil niyo na ito. Alam ko naman na ginagawa niyo lang iyan dahil sa pagmamahal ninyo kay Tatay Digong pero meron kasing mga tao na pilit nilalagyan ito ng malisya at gustong siraan ang pangulo.

37322664_913939722146393_1786788583630176256_nDi ako interesadong tumakbo. Para sa mga nagsasabing tatakbo ako, trabaho lang ang iniisip ko ngayon. Trabaho ko ang tumulong. Ang importante ay matulungan natin si Tatay Digong at mas mapagsilbihan ang taumbayan. Period!

Yung pera na ginagastos ninyo para sa mga billboards na iyan, gamitin na lang para ipambili ng plywood para sa mga nasunugan, pagkain sa nagugutom, gamot sa may sakit, at iba pang pwede maitulong sa nangangailangan.

Palagi ko sinasabi sa inyo, tulungan natin si presidente para mas madami siyang matulungan pang tao.

Salamat Po!

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SAP Go urges Boracay residents to avail of ‘cash for work’ program

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Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday urged Boracay residents to avail of the government’s “cash-for-work” program.

Go made this call after learning that only 10,000 of the 23,000 residents affected by the ongoing six-month rehabilitation of Boracay Island have applied for the program.

“What I know is that there about 23,000 (residents). So we would like to call on the remaining 13,000 that you can avail of the program and the work there,” Go told Cesar Chavez in an interview for “Damdaming Bayan” aired over dzRH.

Go commended an inter-agency task force headed by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for a job well done in the first two months of the rehabilitation work.

“We found the shoreline is very clean now. The narrow roads have been widened and the people there are really participating in the clean-up drive,” said Go, who recently visited Boracay.

The top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte also called on local leaders and residents to unite in clearing the islands of illegal drugs.

“I’ve heard that there a lot of illegal drugs there. The anti-drug campaign of the President is very important, especially in Boracay,” Go said.
He encouraged the local government leaders, particularly barangay officials and local police, to lead the anti-drug campaign in the island.

“It is important to clean not only the environment but also the people there. They should help in our campaign against illegal drugs,” he said.

Go said he expects Duterte to highlight the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, as well as criminality and corruption in his third State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.

Although Duterte said he will read his speech in not more than 35 minutes, Go said the President “will make the most of his time, stressing on really pressing matters and concerns.”

“Perhaps what the people want to hear is not only the accomplishments in the past two years but how government will address the inflation problem and other concerns,” he added.

Contrary to recent surveys that showed a decline in Duterte’s net satisfaction rating, Go said the people have begun to feel the benefits of the government campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

“I think majority (of the Filipino people) still believe in him. Because, for me, the Filipinos can determine if there are really changes happening right in their communities and their lives,” he said. 


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‘Make good choices’

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday appealed to thousands of students in Dumaguete City, provincial capital of Negros Oriental, to stay away from illegal drugs.

Speaking before a jam-packed Perdices Memorial Coliseum in this capital, the President’s most trusted aide pointed out the ill-effects and dangers of illegal drug use.

Likayan gyud nato ning droga kay mugamay gyud ang utok nato ani (We must avoid illegal drugs because it shrinks our brain),” Go told students from various levels from the different public and private schools in Dumaguete.


Go was guest of honor and speaker during the Nutri-Fest 2018, a project of the local government of Dumaguete headed by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, in line with the celebration of Nutrition Month this July.

In his brief message, Go said the Duterte administration remains committed to curb the problem of illegal drugs and corruption in government, among others.

On corruption, he highlighted that the President is serious in weeding out corrupt officials in government, even those who helped him in his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Daghan gyud to nitabang niya sa kampanya pero nia ana gyud si mayor (Duterte) magbuwag-buwag ta (Many had helped our mayor during the campaign but he stressed that we will be parting ways)” because the President’s interest is “para sa bayan” (for the country),” Go said.

On peace and order, he reiterated that the declaration of martial law was essential in Mindanao to crush terrorism and attain peace, especially after the Maute terrorist group attacked and besieged Marawi City.

Kung wala niya to gihuman ang giyera sa Marawi, delikado ang Manila, ang Davao, ang GenSan, ang Cagayan (If he did not finish the war in Marawi, areas like Manila, Davao, Gensan and Cagayan would have been in danger),” he added.

Go made special mention of the military and the police in their role in securing peace and order, especially with the dangers that they face each day.

Meanwhile, he appealed to teachers to “bear with the President in doubling the pay-check of the police first because they are ones on the frontline in security efforts.”

The Palace official also announced that he will donate an ambulance to Negros Oriental that was donated to him by a friend “to ferry your patients” from far-flung areas.

During the Nutri-Fest 2018 event, Go was joined by Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles, Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, actor Philip Salvador, and other local officials.


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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)


DSWD defends SAP Go on relief distribution

Go personally distributed his own goods upon the instruction of President Duterte

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday clarified that Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go did not take credit for the relief goods given to fire victims in Sampaloc, Manila last Sunday.

This, after a photo circulated on social media claiming that the presidential assistant distributed relief goods allegedly from DSWD, citing it as a premature campaign for a Senate seat.

In a statement, the social welfare department said the photo making rounds online “was uploaded with malicious intent.”

DSWD said the presidential aide went to the barangay on Sunday bringing assistance, including food, grocery packs, bags, clothes and financial assistance for the 270 families affected by the fire which razed 80 houses in Sampaloc.

It was also during this time, it said, that the local government was distributing the relief goods provided by DSWD-National Capital Region as augmentation assistance to the city government.

“We should be discerning of the motive involved in uploading and disseminating the photo,” DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia N. Orogo said.

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Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go kept his promise to come back and give additional assistance from the national government to more than 1,700 people who were displaced by a fire in Sampaloc, Manila on Sunday.

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Orogo said Go personally distributed his own goods upon the instruction of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

She clarified that while Go helped distribute goods from the DSWD, he never claimed these as his.

The DSWD official said Go also went to other areas affected by disaster with his friends to distribute goods, not just in Sampaloc.

“Everybody is welcome to help during times of disaster,” Orogo said.

In an interview with radio DZMM, Go has doused speculations that his presence in the distribution of goods was a form of electioneering, saying the relief goods distributed were a mix of government assistance and personal donations from his peers in the private sector.

“We went there to bring assistance, and it’s different because the shoes and clothes I gave were mine. They were personal items. My friends also donated shoes and grocery packs. These were personal too,” he said in Filipino.

During his visit, the President’s long-time aide said Duterte sent him to “personally oversee the distribution and extend other assistance that the Office of the President can provide.” (PNA)


Help fire victims instead

bong-goSpecial Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on his supporters to stop putting up billboards or hang tarpaulins bearing his name and photos amid criticisms that he is already allegedly preparing for a Senate run.

Sabi ko, andaming seloso dyan eh. Kaya lahat ng billboard pinagbibintangan na galing sa akin (I tell them, alot of people are jealous. They claim that all those billboards come from me),” Go said in a chance interview in Tagum City, Davao del Norte on Sunday.

Kaya nananawagan ako sa mga supporters ko na imbes na ibili niyo ng billboard, ilagay mukha ko, ibili niyo na lang po ng plywood, ibigay natin sa mga nasunugan. Makakatulong ito sa pagpapatayo ng bahay. (I call on my supporters that instead of buying billboards and putting my picture there, you just buy plywood, and let’s give it to fire victims. This will help in building their houses),” he added.

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Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and other government critics earlier alleged that Go is already preparing to run for senator, citing posters and billboard advertisement allegedly campaigning for Go.

Go had since 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.

The presidential assistant, however, said although 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.

Go had urged his supporters to “buy plywood” and help fire victims rebuild their houses, in line with his advocacy “Sapatos ni SAP, Tsinelas Ka-Swap”, which is aimed at reaching out to indigents across the country by giving them not just shoes, but a “new spring in their steps.”