By Ben Rosario
Top administration bets Christopher “Bong” Go, Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa and Francis “Tol” Tolentino led senatorial candidates in launching KakamPH, the first online political rally that went viral on Monday.
Also present in the first live streaming of the trailblazing cyberspace sortie were re-electionist Senator JV Ejercito, former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, Dr. Willie Ong and former Tourism Secretary Rafael Alunan.
Staged by the KakamPH, a Facebook group composed of pro-administration bloggers, the online rally was held in an undisclosed place in Greenhiills, San Juan.
Among the event’s host were entertainment personalities Arnel Ignacio and Jimmy Bondoc, radio commentator lawyer Bruce Rivera, Carlos Munda of Mindavote and former tourism undersecretary Kat Castro.
“This is a new concept of spreading information, we can reach millions. People don’t have to be exposed in the heat of the sun to hear the platform of governance of candidates,, said Bondoc.
At its live streaming, KakamPH collected 2,300 shares in the early goings of the three-hour Facebook event.
Go, who has given re-electionists Senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe a strong challenge for the no. 1 spot, vowed to pursue legislative measures that would address the vital needs overseas Filipino workers and their respective families, among others.
“Kung paano mapapabilis ang serbisyo publiko, iyon ang gustong mangyari ni Pangulong Duterte. Kapag mabagal, diyan nagsisimula ang red tape,” Go stated.
The former special assistant to the president also stressed that he is supportive of proposals for the conduct of locallized peace talks between government and communism advocates.
“Sino ba naman ang gustong makipagpatayan tayo sa kapwa Filipino,” Go stated as he called an end to violence. (Nobody wants Filipinos to kill their own)
Tolentino lamented the lack of law that would make people accountable for contributing to the disastrous effects of natural and man-made calamities.
“Sa ibang disasters illegal logging ang nakitang dahilan kaya nagkakabaha. Ngunit hanggang ngayon walang nananagot,” he said. (Walang nananagot. (Illegal logging is the reason for flooding during certain disasters. Nobody has been punished until now.)
In his speech, Alunan discussed the Philippines’ claim over key areas in the West Philippine sea.
On the other hand, Ong underscored the need for new legislation in ensuring reforms in public health and medical field.
Ejercito called for the creation of specialty medical centers in key areas in Visayas and Mindanao to allow Filipinos easier access to better medical care.
For his part, De la Rosa chided the opposition for accusing him and other Duterte-backed senators of being liable to compromising the principle of checks and balance once they become senators.
“Iba ang dinidiktahan at iba ang supportive. Hindi ako magpapadikta sa Malacanang pero I will be cooperative,” he stated. (Being dictated upon is different from being supportive. I will not be commanded by Malacanang but I will be cooperative.)
Chong, who claimed to have become a victim of poll fraud as a result of the Smartmatic voting system, vowed to continue his fight for fair and honest elections.
For his part, Alunan said the Philippines has strong legal backing in its West Philippine sea claims.
Ong vowed to pursue better medical programs for all Filipinos.