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Go hits Lagman for questioning Malasakit Centers: ‘Your image is beyond repair’

/ 05:38 PM August 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go did not mince words when he chided Albay 5th District Rep. Edcel Lagman for criticizing Malasakit Centers.

In last week’s House hearing on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) 2020 budget, Lagman asked the agency for its legal basis in funding Malasakit Centers, which he described as a “partisan tool rather than a medical outlet.”

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The Malasakit Center is a pet project of Go.

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“Klaruhin ko lang po, hindi po tinatanggap ng PCSO ang mga request to fund aesthetic enhancements or any cosmetic purpose. Gusto man naming kayong tulungan hindi po ‘yan parte ng medical concern na ginagawa ng assistance ng PCSO. Wala rin pong legal basis ang pagtulong sa pag-repair ng inyong mukha,” Go said during his privilege speech on Tuesday.

“Prangkahin ko na rin po kayo, your image is beyond repair, hindi po ikakaayos ng pagmumukha ninyo ang pag-kontra ninyo sa interes ng mga Filipino,” he added.

“Kung plano po ninyong humingi ng tulong sa pagpapapogi, hindi po nagbibigay ng tulong ang PCSO o Malasakit Center para sa pagpapaganda o pagpapagawa ng mukha. Prangkahin ko na rin po kayo, your image is beyond repair, hindi po ikakaayos ng pagmumukha ninyo ang pag-kontra ninyo sa interes ng mga Filipino,” he added.

“Gusto kong sabihin kay Congressman Edcel Lagman, naturingan pa man din siyang public servant pero hindi niya pinagaaralang mabuti ang sinasabi niya,” Go added.

Go stressed that Malasakit Centers aim to serve as a “one-stop shop” for the medical concerns of Filipinos.

“Hindi po pamumulitika ang magmalasakit sa ating mga kababayan. Hindi po pamumulitika ang kagustuhan nating mapadali ang pagbibigay ng tulog sa mga Filipino,” he said.

“Hindi po pamumulitika ang pagbabalik sa mga kababayan natin ng perang sakanila naman talaga. Pera po ng tao yan sakanila yan. Bakit ba natin ipagkait ang kanilang buwis para mapagamot ang kailang karamdaman,” he added.

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Go’s tirades against Lagman did not stop there as he accused the lawmaker of not being aware of the Filipino’s current problems.

“Congressman Lagman, ganyan ba ang nagagawa kapag matagal na sa pulitika? Dahil po ba sa tagal ninyo sa pulitika kaya manhid na kayo para maramdaman ang ilang dekada nang problema ng inyong mga kababayan at ng mga Pilipino ukol sa tlong medikal?” he said.

“Kung gusto mo, palitan mo nalang ang mga ito ng sarili mong programa. Pangalanan mong ‘Manhid Center,’ ‘Maramot Center.’ Bagay na bagay sa kawalan mo ng malasakit sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.

The senator also noted that it was Lagman’s province who first benefited from the government’s medical program.

“Congressman Lagman, do not be anti-poor. Ang pera ng tao, nararapat lamang na ibalik sa tao. Mahiya kayo sa mga constituents ninyo. Mahiya kasyo sa milyun-milyong Pilipinong natulungan na ng programang ito,” Go said.

The senator also said the program was designed to provide streamlined and expedited delivery of medical services to Filipinos.

“Hindi yan logong politiko. Walang logo ni Bong Go. It is one of the solutions of the Duterte administration to provide quick and quality access to healthcare to all Filipinos, regardless of their age, sex, ethnic background, religion—and let me emphasize this—regardless of their political affiliation,” he said.

“Kaya naman nakalulungkot isipin na sa kabila ng magandang hangarin ng programa, kamakailan lamang ay nakarinig po tayo ng mga ‘mema’ na pulitiko na tila kailangan ng tulong ng Malasakit center para mapagamot ang dumi ng kanilang utak,” he added.

But Senator Risa Hontiveros came to the defense of Lagman.

“In the spirit of inter parliamentary courtesy, please allow me just to make a few points about Rep. Edcel Lagman. We may agree or disagree with the points that he makes, pero siguro naman tulad ng bawat  isa sa atin sa Senado naga-aral naman siya bago siya magsalita though we may agree or disagree with what he says,” Hontiveros said.

“In the same way we may agree or disagree with what Representative Lagman says pero hindi naman siguro siya anti-poor at tulad din ng bawat isa sa atin sa Senado ay pro-poor din po siya,” she added.

This as she noted that she was able to work with Lagman in several legislative efforts in Congress.

“I make these points not only out of inter parliamentary courtesy but also out of pag-recollect na nakasama korin po si Rep. Lagman sa ilan sa mga importanteng legislative efforts ng Kongreso,” she said.

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