Go calls on youth, help save country from drug menace

Bong Go

Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Kuya Bong” Go urged the youth to avoid using illegal drugs, and lauded the members of Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) for their active participation in nation-building.

“Ang programang KKDAT ang magbibigay daan na mas mapakinggan ang boses ninyo upang mas epektibong matugunan natin ang mga problemang kasalukuyang hinaharap ng bansa. Sa totoo lang, napahanga niyo ako dahil sa kagustuhan niyong maging bahagi ng laban para sa pagbabago,” Kuya Bong said as he graced the KKDAT Program in Davao City Saturday.

KKDAT is a program where the youth engage in dialogues that help them gain more understanding about the effects of terrorism, violent extremism, and the abuse of illegal substance.

Upon arrival in Manila on the same day, Go also reminded the members of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) in Navotas to stay away from illegal drugs for it will not bring them any good. This as he visited the fire victims in Tangos North, Navotas.

“Isipin ninyo, ‘yung pinagpaguran ninyo sa buong araw, masasayang lang at mapupunta sa wala sa paggamit ninyo ng droga. Sayang lang. Wala pang magandang naidudulot ‘yan,” Go reminded the members of TODA.

During his visit in the fire incident in Navotas, a TODA member approached Go and thanked him and President Rodrigo Duterte for if it was not because of them, he will not realize the beauty of life without illegal drugs. The TODA member admitted that he used to be a drug addict but later on changed because of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

He reminded the citizens to stay away from illegal drugs as he cited how unfortunate it is for a child to lose a family because of the ill effects of these dangerous substances. “Nakakasira ng utak, nakakasira pa ng buhay ng pamilya.”

After his visit to Navotas, Go attended the Libreng Concert Para sa Kabataan ng Mandaluyong in the Rizal Techonological University. In his speech, he also encouraged the youth to focus on sports instead of engaging into illegal drugs.

“Isa po ito sa aking adbokasiya – itong sports lalong-lalo na po ang basketball, in support of the President’s campaign laban sa droga, corruption at kriminalidad… isang paraan ang sports para malayo ang kabataan sa masamang bisyo,” Kuya Bong Go said in a recent interview.

Go said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s fight against illegal drugs will not stop and will not be compromised until the end of his term and even beyond. He said that there is still hope for change; there are rehabilitation centers for those who wish for a second chance.

Kuya Bong also said that among his priorities in the Senate will be to review existing legislative measures with the end goal of strengthening the fight against the illegal drug trade.

This includes the possibility of amending the controversial Juvenile Justice Act, which the President has repeatedly said is being abused by drug syndicates to recruit minors into their ranks.

He stressed that there is a need to revisit the law because it has been exploited by syndicates especially the provision on age wherein minors are exempted from criminal liability.

Go, as a private citizen, committed to continue serving the president and the public, but not as Special Assistant to the President, instead he will be the Special Assistant to the People — bringing help and assistance to every Filipino who is in need.

During the same visit in Navotas, Go, together with his friends, brought some assistance that included food and uniforms for children and worker victims. He also committed to ask various local agencies to provide assistance to their needs — being the people’s bridge to the government.

“Kahit saang sulok ng Metro Manila, sa makakaya ng katawan at panahon ko, papasukin ko. Hindi ako takot sa kahit pinakadulo pa ng mga iskinita, papasukin ko talaga ‘yan. Walang delikado sa akin basta makatulong sa mga Pilipinong nangangailangan,” Go said.

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