Manila — Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go today lauded barangay captains for their key role in helping President Rodrigo Roa Duterte implement reforms in the communities.

“Sabihin man natin na ang barangay ang pinakamaliit na unit ng pampulitika sa bansa, hindi maipagkakaila na ito rin ang pinakaimportante sa lahat,” Go said in his speech during the Liga ng mga Barangay Convention at the Manila Hotel.

(The barangays may be the smallest political unit in the country, but we can’t deny that they are the most important of all.)

He said the Duterte administration is keen on empowering the barangay officials since they are the government’s frontliners and the primary providers of services to the people.

In a media interview, Go encouraged the public to cooperate with the barangay captains in their respective areas.

“Tulungan natin ang ating gobyerno kasi po ang mga barangay captains, sila po ‘yung mismong nakakaamoy, especially sa droga. Alam nila kung sino ‘yung mga adik sa lugar, sino ‘yung mga magnanakaw, sino ‘yung mga pusher, sino ‘yung mga kriminal diyan sa lugar nila,” he said.

(Let’s all help the government because the barangay captains are the ones who know what’s going on in their neighborhoods, especially when it comes to drugs. They know who the drug addicts are, who the thieves are, who the pushers are, who the criminals are in their areas.)

Go also said the President’s campaign against drugs, corruption, and criminality will be successful with the help of the barangay captains.

“Kung hindi sila tutulong sa national government, mahihirapan si Pangulong Duterte… sila dapat ‘yung maging ehemplo sa mga barangay nila. Karamihan naman sa kanila, naniniwala ako na naging mabuti naman ehemplo sa mga lugar lugar nila,” he said.

(If they won’t help the national government, President Duterte will have a hard time… They should be good examples in their barangays. I believe most of them are being good leaders in their areas.)

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