Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go celebrated his birthday on Saturday by giving back to his fellow Davaoeños, as he visited three districts in the city.

“Gusto ko ibalik sa tao itong blessing na ibinigay sa akin. Pasasalamat na rin sa mga taga-Davao na sumuporta sa amin ni Pangu­long Duterte (I would like to give back to people this blessing that was given to me. This is also in thanksgiving to the people of Davao, who have steadfastly supported me and President Duterte),” Go said.

“Like the President, I have not had a party to celebrate my birthday in the last 21 years. I am here to share food with those who are here, so they can bring it home to their families,” he added.

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As part of the simple celebration, Go gave gifts to the orphans and indigenous people of Davao City. He also visited the city jail and brought food packs for the inmates.

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Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go celebrates his birthday with orphans and indigenous people of Davao City on Saturday.

“We went to see the street children and inmates. Even if they are in jail, for me, they are [still] Filipinos, too. They deserve another chance and I want to help them change their lives. Even if I can only bring snacks for them, I want to share my blessings wit them,” Go said.

He added that his only birthday wish is for him and the President to be blessed with good health “so we can be of greater service to our fellow Filipinos.”

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview, Go said, “Given the chance, I would like to be part of the Senate Committees on Health and on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement.”

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“One of my priorities has always been the improvement of the delivery of medical and healthcare services. Even before I ran for the Senate, I had already pushed for the establishment of a Malasakit Center in every province and major city in the country. We now have 34 such centers nationwide. I would propose legislation that would institutionalize this so that the program can continue even after the President’s term,” he said.

“I have prepared myself for this job for 21 years. In all the years I have served the President, I have learned the meaning of public service. Right now, I am still going around the country to see what people need so I can better serve them in the Senate,” Go added.

Finally, he told his fellow Davaoeños, “Like I’ve always said, do not hesitate to approach me even as you have elected me to the Senate. We are one and for me, I am only a worker in government who is here to serve you.”

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