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Go celebrates cancer patient’s 6th birthday

July 15, 2019 - Monday 2:07 PM by MDM

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go celebrates with John Paul Culiao as the latter turns six years old at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Diliman, Quezon City.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go brought food and help on Friday to the 6th birthday party of John Paul Culiao, a six-year-old with leukemia, at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Diliman, Quezon City.

At the party, Go also assured the hospital management and the patients that the government would continue to support the financial needs of the institution.

The senator had visited John Paul in the past and became close to the child. “Naging mag-best friend kami ni John Paul (John Paul and I have become best friends),” he said.

Go first met John Paul on June 14, 2018 when the senator, who was still Special Assistant to the President (SAP) at the time, celebrated his birthday with the patients of PCMC.

When Go learned that John Paul wanted to meet President Rodrigo Duterte, he took the child and his parents to Malacañang when he turned 5 in July last year.

Go also checked on John Paul’s condition at a Christmas party at PCMC on December 21, 2018.

Go visits other children at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).

In his message at the birthday party, Go told the parents of the patients not to worry about financial assistance because the government allots ample funds to the hospital.

Tuloy-tuloy po ang tulong. Huwag kayong mag-alala (The assistance will continue. Don’t worry),” he said.

He added that the money is from the people and should therefore be spent on the people. “Pera po ninyo ito. Ibinabalik lang sa inyo ng gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyo (This is your money, government is just returning it in the form of fast, proper, and reliable service),” he said.

The senator encouraged the other kids to remain enthusiastic despite their health condition.

PCMC is a government-owned and controlled corporation attached to the Department of Health.

Go wished John Paul more birthdays in the future. “Wish ko kay John Paul, magkaroon ng maraming birthday, at mas maraming bata ang maimbitahan (My wish for John Paul is that he has more birthdays and that he can invite more children),” he said.

He also encouraged the other kids to remain enthusiastic like John Paul despite their health conditions. “Maging bibo kayo. Huwag kayo maging malungkot. Tingnan ninyo si John Paul. Malusog na siya ngayon (Be lively. Don’t be sad. Look at John Paul. He is healthy now.)

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