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Boholanos rally behind Bong Go's senatorial bid

May 09, 2019 - Thursday 6:05 PM by MDM

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TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – Hundreds of Boholanos rallied behind the senatorial bid of former Special Assistant to the President and 2018 senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who took to the streets of Bohol’s capital city – Tagbilaran on Wednesday.

Go noted the large number of residents who welcomed him during his motorcade around various areas of the province that started from the old airport and went around the city, passing by Plaza Rizal Road, Rajah Sikatuna Avenue and up to the Dao Public Market Road, going to the City Hall Drive, Tamblot Road, Cogon Public Market and back to its staging area.

In many areas along the route, residents came out on the streets, waving back at the former SAP and chanting his name. A group of men unfurled a tarpaulin bearing his picture and name as his convoy passed by.

“Maraming salamat po sa napakainit na pagtanggap; nakakataba po ng puso at nakakawala ng pagod ang inyong pagsalubong,” Go said.

Go said that if elected to the Senate, he is prepared to work hard to push programs, particularly those in support of the legislative agenda and policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte. Yung kampanya laban sa kriminalidad, kampanya laban sa corruption at kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, asahan ninyo na tuloy-tuloy naming isusulong sa nalalabing tatlong taon ng termino ni Pangulong Duterte,” Go said.

During the campaign rally at the Sports and Training Center in the municipality of Garcia Hernandez, President Rodrigo Duterte rallied the Boholanos to support Bong Go.

Duterte noted that Go works very hard and sincere in his efforts to serve the people. “Talagang nag-seserbisyo sa tao,” he said.

Besides, the President said Go is a man of integrity and that’s why he earned his confidence and became his trusted aide for over 21 years.

Aside from Go, Duterte vouched for other PDP-Laban candidates like Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Koko Pimentel, Francis Tolentino as well as their guest candidates. In addition, Duterte also endorsed former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco, who is running as governor of Bohol.

Go has readied programs to boost the agriculture sector and uplift the lives of farmers and fishermen by providing better access to cheap farm inputs, machinery and equipment, along with low-interest credit facilities; free training and seminar to farmers, fishermen and their family on agri-entrepreneurship to open new livelihood opportunities and increase their income instead of being purely dependent on farming or fishing.

Go will also push President Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program that includes infrastructure and development project that would further boost tourism, spur economic development and generate more livelihood opportunities for the people of Bohol and the entire region as well.

Among the big ticket infrastructure projects planned for the area include the Bohol-Cebu Friendship Bridge project. It calls for the construction of a series of bridges and causeway with a total length of 24 kilometers that would link Getafe in Bohol with Cordova in Cebu. Construction for the project is expected to start by 2020.

There is also the Bohol-Leyte Link Bridge, a P72-billion project for a 1.0-kilometer Bohol-Lapinig island bridge and 18-kilometers of Lapinig Island-Leyte Bridge for interregional connectivity. Pre-feasibility study for the project was conducted by JICA last February 2018.

Likewise, the government seeks to pursue the Bohol Northeast Basin Multi-Purpose project. It is a P4.1-billion project for two multi-purpose dams, five diversion dams, transbasin tunnel, hydroelectric powerplant, as well as irrigation and drainage facilities. Pre-feasibility study undertakings for the project are ongoing.

Boholanos are already reaping the benefits from the improved Panglao International Airport. The P11-billion project for the construction and improvement of the airport enabled it to handle up to two million local and international passengers, boosting tourism in the area. The airport was opened to the public last November 27, 2018.