Senatorial candidate to-be Bong Go has spread his wings to other important national concerns other than being President Rodrigo Duterte’s “sidekick.”
The Special Assistant to the President (SAP), Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday assured poor patients that the doors of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the Malacañang Action Center (MAC) are open should they need medical assistance.
Go is assured of a slot in the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party in the 2019 mid-term elections with President Duterte saying SAP Go could take a crack at a Senate seat. Go’s supporters have launched “Ready Set Go,” to convenience him to run inthe Senate race.
Go made the assurance of medical assistance to the poor in an interview over radio DZRH where several callers spoke to him over phone patch and sought for his help as they lamented the costly medical services in the country.
One of the callers, Ricardo Meralita, told Go that his child had leukemia who needed assistance for chemotherapy and other medicines.
“May anak po akong may cancer sa dugo, may leukemia po. Ang hinihingi ko po para sa kanya ay tulong pinansiyal po, para may pambili ng gamot (I have a child with cancer in the blood, leukemia. What I’m asking for my child is financial assistance to buy medicine),” Meralita said.
Meralita pointed out that there were times hospitals that provide free medicines experienced shortage, prompting him to purchase his child’s medicines in private hospitals.
Go urged Meralita to visit the PGH and leave his number to the DZRH so that he could be assisted.
“Mang Ricardo, magandang umaga. Tutulong ho kami (Mr. Ricardo, good morning. We’ll help you)!” Go said.
“Dito rin po sa PGH, tutulong po kami, iiwan n’yo lang po iyong numero diyan at ipapa-contact namin kayo. Huwag kayong mag-alala tutulungan namin kayo (PGH also has a program for cancer patients, we’ll help, just leave your number there and we’ll contact you. Don’t worry, we’ll help you),” he added.
Meralita is only one of the callers who sought medical assistance.
Go admitted that there are too many patients who seek medical assistance on a daily basis and he is asking for patience as the government continues to help them for their treatment.
“Sa sobra pong daming humihingi po ng tulong, ako mismo, hindi ko naman talaga maasikaso iyan to be honest with you (With the number of people asking for help, I myself, I can’t take care of it myself, to be honest with you),” Go told radio anchor Cesar Chavez.
The President’s top aide, however, reassured that the PGH and MAC was open to all those who sought for medical assistance.
In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year, President Rodrigo R. Duterte spoke about having expanded health insurance coverage and benefits to ensure that Filipinos are given equitable access to quality and affordable health services.
Duterte also mentioned how the government has strengthened the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy which exempts indigents and other marginalized sectors from paying their bills in government hospitals.
“The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well,” Duterte said in his SONA.
“Pasok kayo ng hospital, sabihin ninyo na sabi ni Mayor Duterte, pagamot daw kami, siya daw ang bahala magbayad (Go to a hospital and say Mayor Duterte said that we can get treatment since he will shoulder the expenses),” he added. (PNA)