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STANDPOINT: No stopping Go

January 12, 2019 - Saturday 12:01 PM by Jerico Javier

Although not yet in the “Magic 12,”  senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Kuya Bong” Go is one of the biggest gainers in the recent Pulse Asia nationwide senatorial survey conducted last December 14 to 21, 2018.

Still four months before the May 2019 midterm polls, Go, who is known as “pambansang photobomber” and “selfie king,” is now within striking distance in the senatorial race. Go posted a significant gain and moved from 16th place to 14th with 29.7 percent rating as opposed to his dismal 9.9 percent score in June 2018, which is only good for 23rd to 31st ranking.

Only last November 2018, Go was at the top eight in a comprehensive nationwide survey of radio station DZRH. The face-to-face survey was conducted to 6, 450 respondents in Metro Manila and 73 provinces last November 17

Go, who is a neophyte in the political arena, was only known for his closeness to President Rodrigo Duterte as his chief aide during his time as mayor in Davao and recently as Special Assistant to the President. Many believed that his poor performance in the past surveys was due to his lack of experience in the public service. 

But after he spearheaded the launching of at least 19 Malasakit Centers around the country, people are beginning to see and understand Go as a public servant. This is probably the main reason he is now catching up in the senatorial race

Malasakit Center, a pet project of the president, is Go’s brainchild. When asked, Go said he suggested the project to the President.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop staffed by representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office where patients can avail themselves of speedy medical assistance.

“The project of President Duterte will just go on and on for the Filipino people. I want to expand and strengthen the Malasakit Center because I know a lot of people need medical services and free medicines,” Go said during the recent launching of the 19th Malasakit Center in Lung Center in Quezon City.

He added that no requirements are needed for poor patients to enjoy the services of a Malasakit Center. “As long as you are a Filipino, you are qualified for the program,” he said.

After he became visible to the public not just as the President’s sidekick, people are now beginning to love Go not just as “pambansang photobomber” and “selfie king” but as a full-blooded public servant.

Go is now within the winning circle and he has enough time to make it to the magic 12 before the May polls. There is no stopping Go.