Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go reiterated the need for a legislative review of the juvenile justice law.
In an interview with reporters after an event with barangay leaders in Batangas, Go, who is gunning for a Senate seat in the 2019 midterm polls, said the Juvenile Justice Act has not been properly implemented as drug syndicates use minors as couriers.
“Alam ko naman na ang mga kabataan ay ayaw maging biktima ng mga sindikatong ito (I know the youth do not want to be victims by these syndicates),” he said.
“I know the youth do not want to be victims by these syndicates.”
The former presidential aide proposed sports development as one of the measures to help the youth veer away from illegal drugs.
Go also defended the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs from criticisms by some human rights groups.
“Sumusuporta po kami sa pulis na nagtatrabaho kaysa naman sa mga kriminal na wala na po sa normal na pag-iisip (We support the policemen who are doing their jobs than criminals who are out of their minds),” he emphasized.
“We support the policemen who are doing their jobs than criminals who are out of their minds.”
In the same interview, Go said he wants to propose measures that will improve the healthcare system in the country, through the expansion of Malasakit Centers.
Malasakit Center is a one-stop-shop health hub now established in 17 regions across the country.
He also wants to push for the creation of an integrated Department of OFW that will cater to all concerns of overseas workers.
“With the Department of OFW, isa na lang ang opisina na kanilang lalapitan (they only need to go to one office),” he said.