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Amid the public clamor for him to run for the Senate, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to President Duterte and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, calling them his “inspirations” in public service.
“Nakakataba ng puso iyong pag-endorse ni Mayor Sara kasi si Mayor Sara at saka si Mayor Rody ang aking inspirasyon sa pagiging public servant (The endorsement of Mayor Sarah warms my heart because its Mayor Sarah and Mayor Rody who both inspired me as a public servant),” Go said in a radio interview on Friday.
Go said that he has worked with the Chief Executive for at least 20 years so he knew that his public service was “true.”
Earlier this week, Duterte-Carpio has thrown her full support to Go if he decides to join the senatorial race especially that he contributed a lot of things to her father, President Duterte.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said even the President himself said he would support Go “to the hilt.”
While he feels “humbled,” Go said he is still focused on his work as Duterte’s top aide.
“Ito lang po ang masasabi ko, hindi ko pababayaan si Pangulong Duterte. Nandidiyan po ako sa tabi niya (This is all I can say, I won’t leave President Duterte. I’ll be by his side),” Go said.
“Marami pong bagay na tungkulin ko sa kaniya – personal at iba pa na dapat kong gampanan – at hindi ko iiwanan. At pangako ko kay Pangulong Duterte na hanggang kamatayan kaming magsasama (I still have a lot of responsibilities to accomplish. And I won’t leave him),” he added.
If there was anything he learned from Duterte, Go said it was always about staying true as a “humble servant.”
“Ito lang po, ang masasabi ko lang maging humble servant ka…Huwag kang magbago, maging humble servant ka lang kasi hindi naman habang panahon nasa taas ka, nasa baba ka (This is all I can say, be a humble servant. Don’t change, stay humble because you won’t always be on top, sometimes you’ll be at the bottom),” Go said. 

Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan to dismiss a graft case filed against him over the alleged overpriced purchase of a second-hand vehicle in 2003 during his term as governor of Ifugao.
In a seven-page dismissal motion, Baguilat said the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division should dismiss his case, since it took the Office of the Ombudsman almost 13 years to determine his alleged criminal liability.
“Accused Baguilat respectfully moves that the instant case be dismissed due to the inordinate delay of the OMB (Office of the Ombudsman) in resolving the present case, thereby violating the Constitutional right of accused Baguilat to due process and speedy disposition of his case,” Baguilat’s motion said.
The Ombudsman has charged Baguilat with one count each of violation of Sections 3(e) and 3(g) of Republic Act 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.”
Baguilat and two provincial officials allegedly conspired with one another when they purchased a second-hand Isuzu Wagon Trooper worth P900,000 from a certain Jose Man Singh of JMS General Merchandise.
The anti-graft court accused Baguilat and his co-accused of approving the procurement despite the lack of a public bidding and without proper budget appropriation.
The deal was already negotiated even before the purchase was made.
However, Baguilat said the complaint violated his right to a speedy disposition of the case, since the alleged crime took place in 2003 but he was only charged on Feb. 9, 2018. 

RP, Kuwait set to sign pact on OFW protection

Sunday, 18 March 2018 00:00 Published in Nation

The Philippine and Kuwaiti governments are set to sign this month the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
This, after labor officials from both countries approved the final MOU draft on Friday in Manila.
“In two weeks, the panels agreed to have the signing most likely in Kuwait,” said Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Silvestre Bello III in an interview.
Prior to the approval of the final draft, the parties have difficulties in resolving issues on passport and employment contract.
But Bello said the two contentious issues were resolved, as the Kuwaiti representatives have agreed that the Philippine Embassy where the OFW is employed can keep the worker’s passport and should not be withheld by the employer.
As for the contract issue, the other party also agreed that the employment contract will be in accordance with Philippine laws.
“Contentious issues were resolved, no more deadlock,” he said.
On the other hand, both parties have agreed on other provisions in the draft MoU such as the $400 net per month salary of workers and that the employer will open a bank account where the salary of the worker will be deposited, as proof that the worker is being paid.
The provision allowing the Philippine embassy in the country where the OFW is employed to keep his/her passport and the one allowing the worker to have a cellphone are non-issue for the Kuwaiti government, Bello said.
“Also the transfer from one employer to another, the OFW must give a written consent and that transfer must also be approved in writing by our Labor Attache,” he added.
Bello noted that there is no guarantee that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait will be lifted once the MOU is signed as President Rodrigo Duterte wants justice to be served to OFW Johanna Demafelis, whose body was found inside a freezer in Kuwait last month.
“If you recall when President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the total deployment ban, he said, he will only consider lifting the ban if there will be the MoU and Johanna Demafelis is given justice,” he said.
The two-day negotiation between the two countries was held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila on March 15 to 16. 


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