Bong Go blasts critics, denies using donations for personal gain

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2020 03:30 AM

MANILA -- Senator Bong Go late Wednesday lashed out at critics and denied allegations that he is using donations during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for personal gain.

"'Wag na natin pairalin ang politika sa panahon ngayon. Lahat tayo naghihirap at lahat naman tayo gustong malampasan ang krisis na ito. Unahin nalang sana natin na pagserbisyohan ang mga mahihirap at mga nangangailangan," Go said in a Facebook post. 

"I am a public servant. I will not only limit myself to just being a legislator. Kaya kung mauna akong mamatay dahil sa pagseserbisyo sa tao, wala akong magagawa kung yan ang kapalaran ko," he added. 

Earlier, posts circulating online alleged that the senator's name of was promoted in donations for a certain hospital. 

The senator said donations can be directed to any institution but those given to the government should be centralized to the Office of Civil Defense for distribution.

"Nais ko po klaruhin na wala po akong kinalaman sa operasyon at mandato ng OCD. Wala rin pong kinalaman ang opisina ko sa distribution ng government resources," Go said in a statement.

He added that there is nothing wrong to accommodate private donors for donations and others asking for help as his office is just acting as a bridge. 

"Dahil sa krisis ngayon, marami pong lumalapit sa amin na private donors na nagpapatulong kung paano sila makakapag-donate ng food packs, PPEs, medical equipment at iba pang donations sa ating frontliners, mga ospital o mga komunidad na nangangailangan. Nakakatanggap rin kami ng mga mensahe mula sa mga frontliners, mga ospital at mga komunidad na humihingi naman ng tulong," Go said. 

"Ito ang rason kung bakit pumapagitna kami sa mga humihingi ng tulong at sa mga nais tumulong. We help private donors who approach us in finding the right beneficiaries and vice versa," he added. 

Go also denied the use of his Malasakit Center project for medical donations.

"Malasakit Centers are simply intended as one-stop shops for poor and indigent patients where relevant government agencies with medical and financial assistance programs are gathered under one roof."