SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go highlighted and praised the accomplishments of the Duterte Administration as he hinted on the possible content of President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation (SONA) address on July 26.
“Babanggitin niya po ‘yung mga priority measures. Of course, ‘yung accomplishments ng ating Pangulo for the last five years, ‘yung mga ipinangako niya noon na naisakatuparan na po,” said Go during the turnover of the national government’s additional financial support to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Sunday, July 18.
The ordinary Filipinos, Go reiterated, are the ones who can see and feel the improvements brought about by the Duterte Administration. As a result, it is only fair for them to decide whether or not the President has fulfilled his promise of bringing positive change to Filipinos’ lives.
“Let the people be the judge. Sila na po ang humusga kung natupad ba. ‘Yung unang SONA niya nabanggit niya po itong kampanya laban sa korapsyon sa gobyerno, kampanya laban sa kriminalidad, kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” said Go.
“So tuluy-tuloy naman po ito bagama’t mahirap talagang tuluyang ma-eradicate ang korapsyon… pero sinusubukasn naman po ng ating mahal na Pangulo… ng gobyernong ito. Let the people be the judge,” he added.
Go discussed some of the Duterte Administration’s milestones and successes that have strengthened the country’s efforts to provide a comfortable life for all Filipinos, particularly the government’s aggressive stance against criminality and illegal drugs.
“Maglakad po kayo ngayon sa gabi kung nakakalakad na po kayo na safe po ang inyong mga anak at mayroon kayong peace of mind, eh, kayo na po ang humusga,” he sajd.
Meanwhile, Go noted that next year’s budget will continue to focus on meeting the needs of Filipinos as the country overcomes and eventually recovers from the pandemic.
“Hindi pa po tapos ang pandemya at inaasahan ko po uunahin ng ating Pangulo sa ngayon kung paano malampasan ang krisis, lalung lalo na po sa preparasyon ng budget,” said Go.
“Sa amin sa legislative, priority pa rin itong COVID response, economic recovery at ang tulong sa mga kababayan nating nawalan ng kabuhayan… bibigyan ng priority itong pagbalik ng sigla ng ating ekonomiya pero hindi po mangyayari ‘yan kung hindi po natin matapos itong pandemyang ito,” he added.
The senator then emphasized that the government will continue to balance the health and economic interests of Filipinos.
“Babalansehin po ni Pangulong Duterte ang kanyang prayoridad in the next 11 months and I’m sure babanggitin niya po ‘yung mga nagawa niya, mga kabutihang nagawa para sa ating bayan, at ‘yung gagawin pa niya… Babanggitin rin po niya ‘yung unfinished business niya sa kanyang administrasyon,” he added.
Duterte’s “unfinished business” in terms of fighting illegal drugs and corruption during his six-year term as president, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, may influence his decision to run for vice president in the 2022 polls