It’s a thankless job but no regrets for PRRD — Bong Go

As he reassures that the President remains fit and focused on serving the Filipinos until the last day of his term

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go guaranteed that although the burden of the presidency has taken a toll on President Rodrigo Duterte’s health, the latter is in good condition and will continue serving the Filipino people until the last day of his term.

In an ambush interview after the opening of the Center for Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) in San Juan City on Thursday, April 7, Senator Go, being the President’s aide for more than 20 years, cited how President Duterte has been working non-stop and has been only focused on serving the Filipinos even until the last days of his term.

Go also shared how the duties of the head of state really drained President Duterte both physically and mentally. The senator then underscored that it is only normal for the President to feel tired after years of being a public servant.

“During his presidency, talagang piniga siya. Ibig sabihin, mentally, physically and health wise, talagang piniga,” Go emphasized.

“Kapag isa kang Pangulo, talagang pipigain ka talaga. It’s a thankless job pero no regret po si Pangulo dahil ito na ang huling chapter ng kanyang buhay, ibinuhos na nya sa Pilipino. So kahit na medyo… humihina na, at his age, 77 years old… tuloy pa rin ang kanyang pagseserbisyo,” he expressed.

President Duterte was previously seen visiting Cardinal Santos Medical Center, which had raised concerns about his health. Go then mentioned that the President only prioritizes his health to ensure that he will be able to serve the country well.

He likewise reassured Filipinos that there is nothing to worry about with PRRD’s health as the doctors of CSMC have been looking after the latter to ensure that he is physically fit and well to continue carrying out the heavy responsibilities of his office.

“Yung nabalitaan n’yong pumunta dito, normal po na pupunta dito ang Pangulo because 77 years old (na siya). Kailangan na pong magpacheck up,” said Go.

“Kaya inaalagaan po ng Cardinal Santos ang ating Pangulo. Lahat ng mga doktor natin dito, especially Dra. Agnes (del Rosario) po, inalagaan talaga nila si Pangulo and with that, nakapagpatuloy po ang ating Pangulo sa kanyang tungkulin bilang Presidente,” he expressed.

“Physically (fit) to finish his term? Oo, kaya pa and beyond. Oo, in good condition kaya nga sabi ko papasalamat tayo sa Cardinal Santos at kay doktora din po for taking care of his (PRRD’s) health,” Go added.

When asked to elaborate regarding the President’s health status, Go cited that he is no medical expert, advising that it is best to get statements from the President’s doctors instead.

Meanwhile, the senator maintained that he does not know who among the presidential candidates President Duterte will endorse, if any.

“I cannot speak on behalf of the President. Nasa kanya na po ‘yan. Antayin na lang natin kung anong sasabihin niya sa mga susunod na araw. Ako naman po as PDP-Laban, pumirma na po ako kung sino pong sinusuportahan ng aming partido. Kung kay Presidente naman — sa kanyang personal choice — hindi ko po masasagot kung sino po ang kanyang sinabi na ‘mamanukin’,” he reiterated.

Tawi-Tawi guv says country needs Sara

PASAY CITY — Tawi-Tawi Governor Yshmael “Mang” Sali on Thursday said the country needs a leader like Vice Presidential aspirant Sara Duterte who naturally “shares” and “cares” for Filipinos especially during this pandemic.

“Her sharing and caring nature are needed by the people who have suffered especially during the pandemic,” Sali said.

Sali, who has been a staunch supporter of Duterte long before she filed for vice presidency, also shares a deep connection with her in public service.

In September 2019, the province declared the Davao City mayor as its adopted daughter because of her “affection and concern” for Tawi-Tawi.

“She is an adopted daughter of Tawi-Tawi, and has shown her affection and concern for Tawi-Tawi way before this 2022 election,” Sali said.

The governor even recalled Duterte’s efforts in ensuring quality public service is delivered and that the people are able to benefit from government programs.

“She helped us with the establishment of the Malasakit Center. She even facilitated the transfer to the province ambulance and police motorcycles, which were originally donated to Davao City,” Sali added.

On March 16, Sali led the province’s leaders in meeting with Duterte as they pledged support for her candidacy.

“We expect her to share her experience and expertise as city mayor of Davao to the whole country,” Sali said during a private meeting with Duterte on March 16.

Nine of the province’s 11 mayors also attended the meeting.

In February, the Tawi-Tawi One Party (TOP) chaired by Governor Sali passed a resolution adopting Duterte as their Vice Presidential candidate in the May 9 elections.

Mayor Jimuel Que of the capital town Bongao said Duterte’s exemplary accomplishments and track record in Davao City make her the most qualified candidate to the post.

“Para sa akin yung strong leadership at decision-making niya. Nakikita yung pagiging matapang and strong na pag-lead niya sa taumbayan ng Davao,” Que said.

Running unopposed, Que assured that Tawi-Tawi will go all-out for Duterte.

“Full support yung buong Tawi-Tawi kay Mayor Sara and I am sure mananalo tayo,” he said.

Duterte thanked the provincial and town leaders supporting her cause.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa oportunidad na ibinigay ninyo sa akin. Lagi po namin ikinakampanya na magkaisa. Nagkasundo po kaming dalawa (ni former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.) na magtulungan para sa bansa as president at vice president,” the mayor said.
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Bong Go lauds achievements of the administration

As PRRD’s term nears end

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended the achievements of the administration led by President Rodrigo Duterte, noting that such feats would not have been possible if not for the hard work and synergy demonstrated by government officials, particularly the Cabinet members, amid the crises and challenges that confronted the country.

Go made the remarks during President Duterte’s Talk to the People address on Monday, February 28.

“Tama po ang Pangulo sa kanyang mga papuri para sa kanyang Cabinet officials. Kung hindi dahil sa kanilang maigting na kooperasyon at pagtutulungan, hindi po natin makakamit ang mga tagumpay ng administrasyong ito sa gitna ng anumang dagok o krisis na ating pinagdaanan,” said Go.

The senator also praised Duterte, stressing that the latter’s strong leadership and political will were crucial to the success of the administration’s efforts to provide a comfortable life for all Filipinos.

“Kinokomendahan ko rin po ang Pangulo sa kanyang pamumuno. Napakahalaga po ng kanyang ipinakitang political will para magawa ng kanyang gabinete ang kanilang mga tungkulin at mapabilis ang kanilang trabaho,” he added.

During the briefing, Duterte lauded Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, who reported on his department’s initiatives and accomplishments.

“Your passion for achievement has always been there,” the President told Tugade.

“I said I’m awed actually. I’m happy for the country that I got you,” he added.

Duterte likewise commended vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones, and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.

As his term nears its end, Duterte remarked that it is important for the public to know that his Cabinet members have done their best for the sake of the country.

“‘That’s what I can show the people — that through you, we were able to deliver all these things that we see now,” said the President.

“At least, you have left something on your own. You have left a legacy,” he added.

Earlier, Go stated that Duterte did his best in serving the nation and that he will continue to do so till the end of his term, ensuring that no time is lost in serving the Filipino people.

Go added that the President will continue to serve the Filipino people while he facilitates a smooth transition of power to the next elected top leader of the nation.

“He will definitely continue to work until the last day of his term,” emphasized the senator.

Duterte was sworn in as the 16th President of the Philippines on June 30, 2016.

Sara ends country-wide tour

Mayor Sara Duterte Message
Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride Thanksgiving Dinner

Assalamulaikum. Madayaw. Maayong gabii sa tanan!!!

Finally, we are home. After 28 days of being away from the comforts our homes, away from our families — nakabalik na tayo.

At dapat lang tayo magpasalamat dahil tagumpay ang Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride na ginawa natin sa buong bansa. At natapos natin ang ating byahe nang walang problema. Nakauwi tayo sa ating mga pamilya nang safe.

Sa Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride, nalibot natin ang 34 na probinsya.

Sa ating byahe mula Mindanao mula noong February 1 hanggang sa pagbalik natin ngayon araw — nakita natin ang mga reyalidad at sitwasyon sa mga komunidad na ating nadaanan.

May mga parte sa Pilipinas na nangangailangan ng tulong dahil sa nararanasan nilang paghihirap. May mga lugar din na progresibo. Pero sa kabila ng mga reyalidad at pagkakaiba ng sitwasyon, nakita natin ang pagiging masayahin ng mga Pilipino. Naranasan din natin ang pagiging likas na mapagbigay ng mga kapwa natin.

I will never forger the warmth of the people we met along the way. And I will always remember the courage, the strength, and the resiliency they’ve shown us as we passed by — rain or shine.

Sa lahat ng mga sumama sa ating byahe sa loob ng 28 days sa buong bansa, maraming maraming salamat po.

Sa ating mga riders, sa mga staff, sa volunteers, thank you.

Sa ating mga senatorial candidates — kay Senator Robin Padilla, kay Senator Harry Roque, salamat po.

Salamat din sa suporta HNP President Gov Claude Bautista, Lakas CMD President at Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez, at House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

Ang Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas ay simula pa lang ng ating byahe. Mahaba pa ito. At tiyak po ako na sa patuloy ninyong pagsama sa akin ay malayo ang ating mararating.

Sa muli — mahalin natin ang Pilipinas!!!

Shukran. Daghang salamat!!!

Sara gets Zamboanga Peninsula’s support

PAGADIAN City — Following her visit in Zamboanga del Norte on Friday, Vice Presidential aspirant Sara Duterte on Saturday secured the support of the rest of the peninsula’s leaders.

Duterte first met with Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co, who was with Sibugay First District Representative Wilter “Sharky” Palma II and their local party Arangkada Pusong Asenso provincial and local slates.

Vice Governor aspirant Priscilla “Ilang-Ilang” Co said that they “commit to support” Duterte’s vice presidential bid.

“We commit to support her. We want continuity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s programs,” Co said.

In a separate event, Duterte met with Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor Yu, his wife First District Representative Divina Grace Yu and the local officials of the province.

The governor thanked Duterte for her help to Yu’s team in the 2019 elections.

“Ako lang i-emphasize nga magpasalamat ta kang Mayor Sara sa iyang suporta last election nga nakapadaog nato halos tanang Team Yu diri sa Zamboanga del Sur,” governor Yu said.

Yu called on his constituents to show the Davao City mayor the love and support she needs for her vice presidential bid.

“Karon, panahon na pud aron ibalos nato ang iyang pagsuporta sa atoa last election, tagaan nato siya ug pinaka-dako nga suporta gikan sa atong team,” the governor added.

Duterte said she needs the elected leaders to support her advocacy in uniting the Filipinos especially after elections.

“Human sa election kinahanglan ang mga napili nga leaders birahon tanang Pilipino pagawas sa kalisod. Walay color pink, yellow, green, blue o pula. Pare-pareho tanan birahon pagawas sa kalisud nga hatod sa pandemya,” Duterte said.

She also thanked the supporters who lined up on the streets and joined the crowd in all her activities for the day.

“Dili mabayran ang kainit sa inyong pagmahal ug suporta sa akoa. Daghan kaayong salamat. Naka-lima mi ka events diri sa Pagadian City. Nabati namo nga ang mga tao ana gyud ang ilang suporta dinhi sa akoa ug especially sa UniTeam,” Duterte added.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Senatorial candidate Robin Padilla joined Sara in her Zamboanga provinces’ leg of the Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride. HNP Media