Go denies rift with Mayor Sara

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2021   •   383

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday dismissed rumors of a rift between him and presidential daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

In a statement, Senator Go said there is no truth to the rumor, stressing that he and Mayor Sara are on speaking terms.

“Nagkakausap kami ni Mayor Sara. Wala kaming isyu sa isa’t isa,” he said.

Go added that he equally loves President Rodrigo Duterte and his children and that he made a vow to the chief executive to look after his children even after he is long gone.

“Kung anong pagmamahal ko sa tatay ganun din ang pagmamahal ko sa mga anak. Alam ni Pangulong Duterte yan,” Go said.

“Nangako ako sa kanya na sasamahan ko siya habangbuhay. At isa sa mga ipinagbilin niya sa akin ay huwag ko pababayaan ang mga anak niya kung wala na siya sa mundong ito,” the senator added.

Go’s statement comes after Mayor Sara on Wednesday released a statement on Facebook urging the reported Go-Duterte tandem to own up to their decision to run in the 2022 national elections. —/mbmf

Pacquiao, Go, willing to be tested amid claim that one presidential bet uses cocaine

Maris Federez   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senators Manny Pacquiao and Christopher ‘Bong’ Go said they are willing to undergo drug tests following President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that one presidential candidate was a cocaine user.

“We have a candidate using cocaine,” Duterte said during a speech held in Oriental Mindoro province.

“He is a very weak leader,” Duterte said about the unnamed candidate.

“He might win hands down. If that is what the Filipino wants, go ahead,” he added.

In a message sent to reporters, Pacquiao said undergoing drug testing among all government officials must be mandatory.

“Mandatory drug test must be required for anyone who wants to work in government, elective or appointed,” Pacquiao said.

He vowed that should he win the elections, he will make drug testing a requirement in his administration without prejudice to those who have already gone rehabilitation have turned their back on the illegal vice.

Pacquiao also encouraged other candidates to be open to the idea and have themselves tested for drug use.

“Although I’m not in a position to judge anyone on this issue, I am willing to undergo drug test anytime and anywhere. Sana ganyan din ang ating mga kapwa kandidato. Mas maganda kung hair follicle test para mas sigurado,” Pacquiao said.

Meanwhile, Senator Bong Go reiterated that, even if it is not required by law, he is willing to get tested anytime, anywhere.

“Katulad ng sinabi ko noon, kung ako ang tatanungin at kung ‘yan ang gusto ng taumbayan — anytime, anywhere ay willing naman ako magpa-drug test,” Go said.

“Ito ay para maipakita natin sa mga botante na fit for public service ang mga tumatakbo,” he added.

Go also underscored upholding the rights of Filipinos to be ensured that candidates have a clean lifestyle to be able to lead the nation.

“Karapatan ng mga mamamayang Pilipino malaman na malinis ang mga kandidato bago sila pumili ng mga mamumuno sa kanila. Wala dapat tinatago para makapili ng tama ang taumbayan,” he emphasized.  —/mbmf

Go belies allegation of controlling Duterte

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go has belied the allegation of retired Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade, Jr. that he is controlling the decisions of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement released Monday (November 15), Go averred that President Duterte himself said that no one is controlling him.

“Nasagot na mismo ni Pangulong Duterte na walang nagko-kontrol sa kanya,” Go said.

“Siya mismo ang nagsabi na hindi naman siya magiging pangulo kung pinapaikot lang siya ng ibang tao.  Tanging siya ang gumagawa ng kanyang magagandang desisyon at tumutulong lang ako mula pa noon,” he added.

Go insists that the president makes his own decision and that he is just there to help as the chief executive’s assistant for more than two decades.

He further said that members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) can attest on how he helped in the implementation of the President’s decision, particularly in the salary increases of uniformed personnel.

“Tanungin natin ang mga kasama niya sa AFP, PNP, etc.  Alam nila kung paano ako tumulong na maipatupad ang desisyon na ito ni Pangulong Duterte para sa kapakanan ng mga sundalo, pulis, bumbero at iba pa.”

Go said that he’d rather not dwell on the issue as he respects Parlade.

“Ayaw ko nang makipagsagutan kay Gen. Parlade dahil nirerespeto ko siya. Sa katunayan, isa rin ako sa nagrekomenda na maging undersecretary siya. Alam naman nila ang katotohanan. Mainit na ang pulitika. Pero hayaan natin ang taumbayan ang humusga.”

Parlade, on Monday, filed his certificate of candidacy as a substitute candidate for president, going against Go for the presidential seat in the 2022 national and local elections. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Mayor Sara Duterte posts several appeals to supporters, media

Maris Federez   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Friday posted on Facebook several appeals to her supporters regarding the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.

Mayor Sara particularly appealed to her supporters and the members of the media who would camp out in front of the Commission on Elections office in Manila.

“Sa lahat ng aking mga taga-suporta, pati na po sa mga miyembro ng media — nakikiusap po ako sa inyo na sana ay huwag na kayong mag-camp-out sa labas ng Comelec,” Mayor Sara said.

“Nakikiusap din ako sa mga nasa probinsya na huwag kayo bumiyahe papunta Manila nandito lang po ako sa Davao City dahil sa sunod-sunod na pag-ulan at pagbaha,” she further appealed.

Duterte reiterated that camping out in front of Comelec is not necessary, considering that there are still the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s extreme weather conditions.

“Hindi na kailangan mag-camp-out pa dahil meron pang pandemya at ayoko kayong magkasakit. Ulan at init ng araw ang inyong kalaban. Isipin nyo rin po sana ang kalagayan ng inyong mga pamilya,” she warned.

The local chief executive, meanwhile, lauded her supporters, as well as the members of the media, for their dedication.

“Sa aking mga supporters, humahanga po ako sa tibay ng inyong puso. Sa mga kasapi naman ng media, humahanga rin ako sa inyong dedikasyon sa trabaho,” she said.

Duterte directed the media and her supporters to her social media pages for official statements, photos, and videos on certain issues. The same will also be distributed by her spokesperson. —/mbmf

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