Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has expressed openness of the current administration to accepting assistance from any person, party, or country willing to help in the campaign against illegal drugs.
“Para sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte, kapakanan ng Pilipino, interes ng Pilipino, yun ang unahin natin. Magtulungan po tayo para sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino (For President Rodrigo Duterte and me, the welfare and interest of the Filipino people should be put first. We should help one another for the benefit of every Filipino people),” Go was quoted as saying in a news statement issued on Friday.
Go particularly welcomed the support and assistance of the United States in the country’s anti-illegal drugs campaign after Vice President Leni Robredo’s meeting with a delegation from the US embassy on Wednesday.
“Kung makakatulong po ang US sa kanilang intelligence gathering or sa research (If the US could help us with their intelligence gathering or research), why not?” Go said.
Robredo has accepted the position of co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD).
The senator has expressed support to the newly-appointed anti-drug czar’s request for an additional budget in the fight against drugs.
“Ako, as a legislator, sabi ko full support ako kung ano ang makatutulong, basta ang hangarin ay masugpo ang droga (As a legislator, I give my full support to anything that could help the goal of combatting the drug problem),” Go said.
“Ngayon 82 percent ang sang-ayon sa war on drugs Malay mo maging 90 percent, 100 percent. Tutulong po kami. Basta interes ng Pilipino at wala nang dadagdag pa sa mga bikitima ng droga (Currently, 82 percent are satisfied with the war on drugs. Probably, it could still go up to 90 or 100 percent. We would help achieve that. As long as it is in the interest of the Filipinos and there would no longer be additional victims of drugs),” he added. (Filane Mikee Cervantes, PNA)