Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday gave Christmas cash assistance to media personnel currently suffering from ailments or serious sickness. Go, a senatorial aspirant in the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections, turned over the gifts to PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang Palace in Manila.
10 media personnel will benefit from the aid. Most of these are members of regional media. These are Erni Gabonada, a news anchor from GenSan; Mon Dacawi, a Baguio columnist who must undergo continuous kidney dialysis; Edward Guyano, a Bohol DJ; Bong Montalban, a radio DJ from Cagayan de Oro; Ma. Meodina Molejon, a news reporter in Bukidnon; John Chester Redecio, Kalibo radio station manager; Alex Badayos, a photographer for SunStar Cebu; Mario Arguella, Inquirer correspondent; and Elmo Roque, a columnist from Nueva Ecija.
Manila radio anchor Ed Versola, who is currently battling throat cancer, will also receive a noche buena cash gift from Go.
Go has prioritized affordable healthcare for Filipinos, both during his time serving the government and now as a private citizen and senatorial candidate. He spearheaded President Duterte’s Malasakit Center program. Malasakit Centers are one-stop shops for Filipino’s healthcare needs. They offer free medicines and health services, as well as house offices and desks for different government agencies like the PCSO, DOH, DSWD, and PAGCOR. The centers coordinate with these agencies to bring hospital bills down to the lowest possible amount and lift the heavy weight of healthcare off the shoulders of Filipinos.