TAGUIG CITY — Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go today affirmed his solidarity with the PNP Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in ensuring the safety and security of every Filipino and in upholding President Rodrigo Duterte’s fight against crime, corruption, and illegal drugs.
“Ginagawa po natin ito hindi dahil sa ating mga personal na interes; ginagawa natin ito kasi alam natin ang kahalagahan ng pagseserbisyo sa bayan.” Go said during his speech at the opening ceremony of SAF Commando Course Classes 1991-2018 in Taguig.
The SAF Commando Course is the foundational training program of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) SAF Unit. Its curriculum is constantly updated and adjusted to provide SAF troopers with proper and appropriate knowledge in both combat capabilities and emergency response.
In line with his desire to provide quality public service to the Filipino people, Go, together with President Duterte and his administration, said that he would continue to fully support the police and the military in safeguarding the public.
“Gusto kong ipagpatuloy pa ang kanyang layunin na mas palakasin ang inyong pwersa. Labanan po natin ang droga, kriminalidad, at korapsyon. Kayo ang aming mga bayani at kakampi,” Go said.
“Please be constantly reminded that the President has your back and that the government is also doing its part to help each and every one of you,” he added.
Bong Go also reiterated that he prioritizes them, “Nasa top priority ko po kayo! Housing, edukasyon ng mga anak ninyo,” he said during a recent ambush interview.
Aside from the salary increase that the government has for the police and the military, Go shared that the government has a hospital for them as well, providing PNP and AFP members and their families quality healthcare services.
“Naglaan ang gobyerno ng pondo para itaas ang kanilang sweldo. May pondo din para sa PNP Hospital. Magkakaroon ng magandang hospital sa Crame,” He added.
Go also mentioned the improvement of the PNP Capability Enhancement Program. It supports the realization of the 10-year PNP Modernization Plan which has put emphasis on the acquisition and upgrading of its move, shoot, communicate and investigate capability. The funding of these procurement was realized through the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to provide the PNP with mission essential equipment necessary for the organization to accomplish its mission and functions.
“Noong 2017 po mayroon na pong naibigay na P1.7-B inilaan ng Gobyerno para sa continuing enhancement capability program ng SAF ng ating kapulisan, continuing lang po ito. Noong 2018 naman may P2.18-B naman pong inilaan to improve the capabilities of SAF natin. Alam n’yo naman ang gobyerno natin at si Pangulong Duterte ay full support po s’ya sa ating kapulisan,” Go said.
Moreover, Bong Go said that he would continue on pushing for localized peace talks to end the decades of insurgency in the nation. He also mentioned about the “Balik Loob Program” by President Duterte wherein free houses, livelihood opportunities, and jobs are offered to armed rebels who would surrender.
As a candidate in the upcoming 2019 senatorial race, Go reminded the PNP and AFP to just stay loyal to the flag and not be biased towards or against particular candidates in the upcoming elections.