Presidential aspirant Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has earned the praise of President Rodrigo Duterte and officials from various government agencies as he joined the President in a visit to Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro on Thursday, Nov.18 to inaugurate several infrastructure projects and attend a meeting with local officials.
The visit began with a tour of the Sentrong Pangkabataan Complex Project in Calapan City conducted by Duterte and Go.
Go, chairman of the Senate Sports committee, was instrumental in the development of the sports complex, which would be completed with modern facilities and would be used by young athletes for training and activities. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2022.
During the event, Duterte reiterated his prior pronouncement that Go is his presidential candidate, sharing how the senator became his personal aide for 23 years.
“I am not into politicking but let me just state for the record and they know that in certain terms that ang kandidato ko pagka-Presidente ay si Bong Go (…my candidate for president is Bong Go),” Duterte said.
The two then inspected the Calapan Port Passenger Terminal Building and the simultaneous inauguration of eight integrated seaport development projects in Mindoro.
Among those who joined during the events were Oriental Mindoro Governor Bonz Dolor, Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Daniel Santiago.
During the inauguration, Tugade praised Go for his determination in pushing for the infrastructure projects that would benefit millions of Filipinos and the economy
“Nagpapasalamat din ako sa Gabinete. Lalo’t higit ang kasama namin noon, si Senator Bong Go. Siya ho ay sigi-sige ang pagtutulak at sigi-sige ang sinasabi niya, ‘Art, gawin mo ito. Tutulungan kita rito’ (I am also thankful to the Cabinet. Especially so that Senator Bong Go used to be with us. He was the one pushing hard for this saying Art, do this. I will help you with this),” Tugade recounted.
“Tinulungan niya ako sa pag-aasikaso ng mga improvement ng puerto rito at tutulungan niya ako sa pagbabago at improvement ng paliparan (He helped me in the improvement of the port here and he will also help me in the improvement of the airport),” he added.
Tugade then thanked the senator for all his assistance to the DOTr which ensured the success of its projects.
“Senator Bong Go, sir, this is the first time I’m going to say it. You have helped the Department of Transportation for so long and for so much. Accept from the bottom of my heart my gratitude for and on behalf of the Department of Transportation,“ Tugade said.
Meanwhile, Go expressed hopes that the opening of the seaports would provide economic opportunities for Filipinos and boost inter-island transit and trade transfer between Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and nearby provinces.