Bong Go vows to pursue PRRD’s commitment of long-lasting peace across the country

As they visit Marawi City to commemorate its 4th Liberation Anniversary


Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, together with President Rodrigo Duterte, honored the state security forces and the people of Marawi City for their sacrifice and courage as the nation commemorates the fourth anniversary of the liberation of Marawi from the Islamic State-linked terrorists who attacked the city in 2017.

On Saturday, October 16, President Duterte and Senator Go attended the commemoration activity held at Rizal Park in the Islamic City of Marawi in Lanao del Sur.

The senator reaffirmed that the government remains dedicated to sustaining President Duterte’s vision of long-lasting peace and development in the country.

“Importante sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte ang kapayapaan, lalo na sa Mindanao. Wala na po dapat na patayan. Sino ba namang gustong magpatayan Pilipino laban sa kapwa Pilipino? Masakit ‘yon,” said Go earlier.

“The government’s efforts in achieving sustainable peace and development across the country must be continuously pursued,” he added.

In his speech, President Duterte commended the Task Force Bangon Marawi for their service and sacrifice. He then assured that his administration will continue to exert all efforts to fully rehabilitate Marawi City and help the community build back better.

“The continued hard work of Task Force Bangon Marawi to accomplish the programs, projects, and activities under the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program is truly commendable,” Duterte said.

“By rebuilding the lives of the displaced — iyon ang pinakaimportante — families, restoring damaged properties, and revitalizing disrupted socio-economic activities, you have stayed true to your commitment as agents of progress and catalysts for real change,” he continued.

The President also lauded the rehabilitation team, local leaders, and other stakeholders for their efforts to rehabilitate the Grand Mosque of Marawi.

“This place holds a historical and cultural significance in the lives of the Maranaws. We rejoice as a nation as the Grand Mosque of Marawi brings hope anew for our Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Duterte.

He also witnessed the distribution of certificates of titles for permanent housing units to internally displaced person by the National Housing Authority and the turnover of PhP76-million assistance from the Cooperative Development Authority.

Go, as a member of Senate Special Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation, also asked for cooperation among community members for the continuous bayanihan efforts in ensuring that Marawi City remains supported even in the height of the pandemic.

Senator Go also highlighted that the government will continue its efforts to address threats of terrorism. He assured that efforts are being exerted in providing economic opportunities especially in regions in Mindanao to address poverty which becomes a root cause for conflicts.

“Talaga pong magulo noon. Pero nakita naman natin matapos maresolba ni dating Davao Mayor Duterte ang kriminalidad, naging mapayapa na ang lugar at malaki na ang pag-asenso ng negosyo at kabuhayan ng mga mamamayan,” Go previously said.

“Patuloy po akong magseserbisyo sa mga kapatid natin sa Mindanao upang tuluyang makamit ang inaasam na kapayapaan at kaunlaran hindi lamang para sa mga kababayan nating Muslim kundi para sa buong Pilipinas,” he continued.

Guns, drugs intercepted in Davao checkpoint

Spot Report: Apprehension of person for violation of RA 9165 and RA 905911.

OOA 250920 Sep 2021, Joint AFP-PNP Checkpoint Operations composed of one (1) squad of Lacson PB led by MAJ EFREN TONGYA-EN (INF) PA and personnel of PS10 led by PMAJ JAKE GOLES apprehended the following:

Michael John Burias Lantoria, 40 y/o, from 193 Max Suniel St, Carmen, Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro, and Sebastian S. Quiblat, 61 y/o, from Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental, both onboard a white Mitsubishi Estrada pick-up with plate number KAA 7618 traveling towards Calinan, Davao City.

  1. Intercepted from their possession were five (5) – [1 medium, 4 small)] heat sealed plastic sachets believed to be “shabu” weighing approximately 3 grams with estimated street value of Forty Eight Thousand Pesos (Php 48 ,000.00),
  2. one (1) 9mm pistol, one (1) 380 pistol with one (1) magazine and seven (7) rds ammunition and other drug paraphernalia. Upon thorough search of the vehicle, personnel of TF Davao with K-9 and PNP found atleast 42 pcs 9mm pistols, 18 pcs shotguns and assorted ammunitions under the name of Delphian Security Agency. The suspects did not possess Travel Authority/Permit to Transport the said FAs.
  3. Marking and inventory of the confiscated evidence was undertaken by PS10 personnel and witnessed by Kagawad Ricky Barbanida of Brgy Lacson and Mr. Alfred Taguran of Radio Rapido. The suspects are now in the custody of Calinan Police Station.
  4. For the information of the City Mayor and Head, PSSC.

Bong Go continues push for better health access especially in far-flung areas as 135th Malasakit Center opens in Basilan

Chopper accident during arrival

During the launch of the country’s 135th Malasakit Center at the Basilan General Hospital (BGH) in Isabela City, Basilan on Saturday, August 14, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reaffirmed the Duterte administration’s commitment to improve access to quality, affordable health care especially in far-flung and underserved communities.

This is the first Malasakit Center in the province of Basilan and seventh in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, after the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital and Cotabato Sanitarium in Maguindanao; Sulu Provincial Hospital in Jolo; Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital in Tawi-Tawi; Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City; and Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City.

“Kumpleto na po ang Malasakit Centers sa ZamBaSulTa. Mula sa araw na ito, may dalawa na sa Zamboanga City. Mayroon din sa Jolo at Tawi-Tawi na personal kong dinaluhan. Ngayon, nandito ako para itupad ang ipinangako ko kay Governor (Hadjiman Hataman-Salliman) at sa mga tao ng Basilan,” said Go.

Isabela City is administratively part of Zamboanga Peninsula Region while the rest of the island province is under the BARMM.

Go personally attended the launch of another Malasakit center later that day at the Labuan General Hospital in Zamboanga City where he also extended aid to local market vendors and transport workers. This marks the 136th Malasakit Center nationwide.

In his speech in Basilan, the Senator first extended his congratulations to the BGH on the inauguration of their new main building held that morning. He thanked them for their dedication in the frontlines as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

He pointed out that many public hospitals are treating a disproportionate share of low-income patients, and expressed hope that the new Malasakit center would allow the BGH to provide more care in their community, particularly to the indigent and other groups who cannot afford medical services.

“Ito ang pinakaunang batas na isinulong ko nang naging senador ako nung 2019. Ang Malasakit Center ay para sa mga poor at indigent patients. Wala itong pinipili. Karapatan niyo bilang Pilipino ang maka-avail ng serbisyo nito,” he continued.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop which streamlines the provision of medical assistance by bringing the relevant government agencies under one roof, namely the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The center’s primary aim is to help reduce a patients’ hospital bill to the lowest possible amount by covering various patient services and expenses through the existing medical assistance programs which are now accessible in a one-stop shop. Go authored and sponsored the bill that became Republic Act No. 11463, also known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.

“Huwag kayong mag-alala. Magsabi lang kayo kung may kailangan kayo. Nandito kami ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, handang makinig at tumulong. Sanay akong makipaglaban sa Senado… ‘di ako titigil na ipaglaban ang kapakanan niyo, lalung-lalo na ang mga mahihirap,” said Go.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he reassured that he is focused on making sure that the funding for hospitals and health workers will be sufficiently provided and spent as intended. Go vowed to continue to push for additional funds and support policies that will ensure local health systems and health workers have the resources they need to deliver life-saving care to their communities.

“Hindi nila alam kung anong nangyayari dahil hindi naman sila bumababa sa mga mahihirap. Ako, alam ko ang mga problema. Ba’t hindi ko ipaglalaban ang mga ospital eh umaabot ng 400 percent ang occupancy rate! Paano gagaling ang mga pasyente kung ganyan ang sitwasyon? Ngayon na nasa pandemya tayo, we should invest more in our healthcare,” he stressed.

The Senator also promised to work with members of Congress to push for the upgrading and conversion of the BGH into a medical center. He likewise pledged to reach out to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and personally request for additional vaccine supplies as well as further assistance so the province can improve its COVID-19 response and prevention capabilities.

In the end, Go reminded all eligible residents of the province to get vaccinated so they can reduce their risk of developing severe symptoms and being hospitalized. He further warned that a significant majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are from the unvaccinated population.

“Mga kapatid ko, may isa nalang kaming pakiusap ni Pangulong Duterte sa inyo. May 42 million vaccines na ang dumating sa bansa kaya magpabakuna kayo kung nasa priority list kayo. Ayon sa pag-aaral, out of 11 million na nabakunahan, wala pang 1,000 ang nagkasakit ng COVID-19. Nasa mga numero na epektibo ang mga bakuna,” said Go.

“Siyempre, kailangan pa din ang disiplina at kooperasyon ng bawat isa. Huwag maging kumpiyansa para hindi kayo magaya sa Maynila. Maganda na ang momentum pero dahil dumating ang Delta variant ay nagsara ulit sila. Kaya ‘wag kayo matakot sa bakuna. Matakot kayo sa COVID-19 dahil nakakamatay ito,” he appealed.

Following the ceremony, the Senator’s team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 487 frontline medical workers and 48 indigent patients.

Go’s team provided select medical frontliners new pairs of shoes while others were given bicycles. Some also received computer tablets which their children can use for their education.

In addition, the DSWD distributed financial assistance to indigent patients and 297 rank-and-file hospital employees, including janitors and security guards.

Go expressed his gratitude to the many individuals who worked together to provide the people of Basilan with better healthcare services. He specifically thanked Deputy Speaker and Representative Mujiv Hataman, Governor Hataman-Salliman, Vice Governor Yusop Alano, Mayor Sitti Hataman and Vice Mayor Jhul Salliman.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he supported the funding for the construction of a drainage canal in Barangay Tabuk, footbridge in Barangay Panigayan, and multi-purpose halls in Barangays Lanote and Cabun Bata in Isabela City.

Go also supported other infrastructure initiatives throughout the province, including the improvement of a children’s park in Mohammad Ajul and public parks in Akbar and Tipo-Tipo; construction of multi-purpose halls in Lamitan and Mohammad Ajul; construction of a water system in Tabuan Lasa; construction of a seawall in Hadji Muhtamad; rehabilitation of the evacuation center in Sumisip; rehabilitation of the public market in Maluso; and concreting of existing roads in Al-Barka, among others.

Escaped cult leader surrenders, along with 21 others

The leader of a religious group Pinatikan that escaped from the Davao Oriental Provincial Jail on August 14 has surrendered to the military three days after the daring escape.

Reports showed that Cornelio Galon III, along with 21 others, surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade thru the Calapagan Cafgu detachment around two in the afternoon of August 17.

A Cafgu personnel assigned in the Calapagan detachment is said to be related to one of the surrenders.

In its Facebook page post, the Davao Oriental Provincial Government said that five of the surrenderers are inmates while 17 were involved in the attack of the provincial jail.

The surrenderers were presented to Governor Nelson Dayanghirang.

Galon, along with six other inmates escaped when more than 20 members of Galon’s religious group called the DIVINE SPIRITUAL GOVERNANCE OF GOD AND HEAVEN INC. attacked the provincial jail. One of the attackers was killed while another one was arrested Monday.

7 inmates escape from DavOr jail, 1 killed

Seven inmates of the Davao Oriental Provincial Jail were sprung by about 25 individuals allegedly belonging to a cult Satuday afternoon. One alleged member of the religious cult Pinatikan was killed in the incident.

In a report by the Mati City Police, the incident happened past two in the afternoon of August 14, 2021. The fully-armed cult members forcibly entered the Davao Oriental Provincial Rehabilitation and Reformatory Center to allegedly rescue their cult leader identified as one Cornelio Galon III.

The jail guards were said to have been caught off-guard thus the successful rescue of Galon and six other inmates.

The six other escapees were identified as Dominador Lintuan, Laudeco Lintuan, Sugaan Gil, Arjowe Lintuan, Ranjay Baluro, and Inabitan Ismadi.

The jail personnel retaliated and killed one alleged member of the said cult. No identification cards were found from the said fatality.

Police and military personnel are still on hot pursuit operation against the escapees and other members of the Pinatikan cult.