help save coun­try from drugs, Go to youth

The Philippine Star - - NEWS -

For­mer spe­cial as­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent Christo­pher “Bong” Go has urged the youth to avoid il­le­gal drugs as he lauded mem­bers of Ka­bataan Kon­tra Droga at Teror­ismo (KKDAT) for their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in na­tion-build­ing.

“The KKDAT pro­gram will pave the way for your voices to be heard so we can ef­fec­tively ad­dress the coun­try’s prob­lems. I salute you for hav­ing the de­sire to be a part of the fight for change,” Go said in Filipino dur­ing a KKDAT pro­gram in Davao City yes­ter­day.

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 sub­stances.

Upon ar­rival in Manila on the same day, Go re­minded the mem­bers of the Tri­cy­cle Op­er­a­tors and Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TODA) in Navotas to stay away from il­le­gal drugs, say­ing it will not bring them any good.

He also vis­ited fire vic­tims in Tan­gos North.

“Keep in mind that ev­ery­thing you worked for will be in vain be­cause of il­le­gal drug use. Noth­ing good will come of it,” Go told mem­bers of TODA, also in Filipino.

Dur­ing the visit, a TODA mem­ber ap­proached Go and thanked him and Pres­i­dent Duterte for his new life away from drugs.

The man said if it was not for Go and Duterte, he would not re­al­ize that life is beau­ti­ful with­out il­le­gal drugs.

The TODA mem­ber ad­mit­ted that he used to be a drug ad­dict but has changed be­cause of Duterte’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs.

Go re­minded the peo­ple to stay away from il­le­gal drugs as he cited how un­for­tu­nate it is for a child to lose a fam­ily mem­ber be­cause of the ill ef­fects of th­ese dan­ger­ous sub­stances. “It de­stroys your brains, your life and your fam­ily.”

Af­ter Navotas, Go went to the Li­breng Con­cert Para sa Ka­bataan ng Man­daluy­ong at the Rizal Te­chono­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity.

In his speech, he en­cour­aged the youth to fo­cus on sports in­stead of drugs.

He said the Pres­i­dent’s fight against il­le­gal drugs will not stop un­til the end of his term and even be­yond.

Go said there is still hope for change as there are re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters for those who wish to have a sec­ond chance.

He said if elected, among his pri­or­i­ties in the Se­nate would be to re­view ex­ist­ing leg­isla­tive mea­sures to strengthen 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.

Go said 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.

As a pri­vate ci­ti­zen, Go com­mit­ted to con­tinue serv­ing the Pres­i­dent and the pub­lic not as spe­cial as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent, but as Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Peo­ple, bring­ing help and as­sis­tance to ev­ery Filipino in need.

Go and his friends brought food and uni­forms for fireaf­fected chil­dren and work­ers in Navotas.

He com­mit­ted to ask lo­cal agen­cies to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the vic­tims and to be the peo­ple’s bridge to the gov­ern­ment.

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