Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has assured President Rodrigo Duterte that he will continuously support the campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government. He urged fellow government workers to cooperate in the ongoing investigations in order to hold accountable those involved in these anomalies.

“Kung walang itinatago, dapat mag-cooperate. Gawin natin ang lahat para malinis ang mga ahensya, mas mapaganda ang serbisyo sa tao at hindi mahawahan ang iba,” Go said.

“Naniniwala akong meron pa naman diyan na gusto talagang magsilbi with all honesty and integrity kaya hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa. Kailangan lang talaga ng mabisang gamot na tatalab talaga upang tuluyang matanggal ang korapsyon sa ating sistema,” he emphasized further.

Go also said he would not hesitate to “talk like an opposition” when it comes to corruption issues in order to expose wrongdoings and hold the culprits accountable.

“As a legislator, parte ng mandato ko ang mag-fiscalize at siguraduhin na nasusunod o naiimplementa ang mga batas. Sa mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno, kahit magka-alyado tayo, basta may mali, magsasalita po ako. Umabot na sa punto na sinabihan ako ng Pangulo na ‘to talk like an opposition’ kapag corruption na ang pinag-uusapan,” he said.

Duterte made his statements during his Talk to the People address on Monday night, August 17. In his public address, the President reminded Go that he can always use the forum in the Senate to “expose wrongdoings” and “expose criminality”.

“Hindi po natin bibiguin ang nais ni Pangulong Duterte na gamitin natin ang aking mandato bilang isang Senador para i-expose ang anumang uri ng katiwalian sa gobyerno o kriminalidad sa ating bansa,” Go said in response to the President’s challenge.

“Trabaho ko po ito bilang senador at boses ng mga Pilipino sa Senado,” he added.

With regard to the ongoing investigation on the alleged corruption within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Go said that both curative and preventive measures are needed to completely stamp out systemic and systematic corruption in the said agency and the whole government.

“Una, kailangan itong gamutin. Kailangan ng curative measures kaya po nag-utos na si President Duterte na bumuo ng Task Force,” said Go.

Go stressed that the probe would not end until the agency is cured of corruption and those responsible for the irregularities are brought to justice.

“Managot ang dapat managot. Ikulong ang dapat ikulong. We should get to the bottom of this deeply rooted and systemic corruption in PhilHealth,” he emphatically warned, and recommended that preventive suspensions must be meted out to those who are allegedly involved in anomalies in order to preserve the integrity of the probe.

“Para maitigil ang kalokohan, dapat talaga pilayin ang magnanakaw para hindi na makagalaw,” he explained, adding “hindi lahat kasi nakikita ng head ng ahensya. Marami diyan umo-operate sa ibaba. Kaya dapat pilayin mga ‘yan para hindi na makagalaw, makalusot at makapagnakaw pa muli.”

Meanwhile, preventive measures, such as the transition to E-governance, are necessary to totally eliminate deep-rooted systemic and systematic corruption in government, according to Go.

“Pero hindi dapat natatapos dito sa paggamot ang gagawin natin. Kailangan na rin nating gumawa ng mga hakbang para magkaroon ng ‘vaccine’. In other words, kailangan ng preventive measures para hindi na ito mangyari pang muli. Isa na nga po dito ang transition to e-governance to minimize red tape and eliminate corruption,” Go said.

He also noted that the government’s campaign against corruption and criminality continues as President Duterte is firm in his goal to put a stop to these societal evils.

“Exhausted na po ang ating Pangulo pero hindi po siya titigil na labanan ang corruption until the last day of his term… Hindi siya nagpapapigil at wala siyang pinipili, kakampi man o kalaban. Basta corruption ang isyu, hihiritan at tutuluyan ka niya,” Go said in previous statements.

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