Bong Go decries claims he violated Comelec rules

February 15, 2019
Bong Go

“MALICIOUS. Baseless. Legally irrelevant.”

These were the words used by former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to describe the accusations that his camp has violated Comelec regulations regarding trimedia and outdoor ad placements.

The former SAP denied allegations that his camp has spent excessively before the campaign period. He explained that most of these were initiatives of his supporters who believe in what he is fighting for to improve the country.

“Tulad ng mga billboards at iba pang materyales na pinopromote ang mga programa ng Pangulo,’yung ads na lumabas bago ang campaign period ay kusang gawa ng ating mga supporters na sumusuporta nang walang kapalit para kay Pangulong Duterte at sa mga kaalyado niya. Di ko na po kontrolado ‘yung kusa nilang galaw,” Go told interviewers.

“Dahil sa kanilang paniniwala na tama at maganda ang pamamalakad ng gobyernong ito, sinisikap nilang suportahan ang Pangulo at ang mga sinusuportahan ng Pangulo para ipagpatuloy ang tunay na pagbabago na nangyayari ngayon,” he added.

Bong Go claimed that these accusations against his campaign are malicious, baseless, and legally irrelevant, made with the purpose of maligning him and the efforts of those supporting him.

“Masyadong malicious, napaka-malisyoso. Ang mga supporters po ang nag-place ng ibang ads noon; ang iba naman po ay libre nga po. Malicious naman po itong report. Ang bilangin niyo po simula February 12,” said Go, explaining that based on Comelec rules, only amounts spent during the specified campaign period should be treated as campaign expense.

“These are baseless accusations dahil hindi rin naman ako ang nag-utos o nagbayad para gawin iyan. Legally irrelevant rin ito dahil ang campaign period ay nagsimula noong February 12 lang. Kung anumang nangyari bago ang araw na iyon ay hindi ko pasan bilang isang kandidato,” Go stressed.

“Hindi ko po maiiwasan na marami po kaming supporters ni Pangulong Duterte na sila mismo ang nag-place ng ads and some are free. Hindi ko nga po alam kung saan (nila) inilalagay ang ads na ‘yan, sa totoo lang,” he added.

Bong Go reassured that the sources of his campaign funds spent during the official campaign period will be declared in time.

“Hintayin niyo lang; it will be declared. Sisiguraduhin natin na naaayon ito sa Comelec rules. Makikita niyo naman iyan kapag nagdeklara na kami ng Statement of Campaign Expenditures,” Go affirmed.

Go cited that clean and honest elections have always been the trademark of the President even when he was still Mayor of Davao City and it will be the hallmark of this administration during its entire duration.

“Kung saan man ako dalhin ng tadhana, manalo man o hindi, lalaban ako nang patas at naaayon sa batas. Suportado ko si Pangulong Duterte at ang kanyang administrasyon sa pagpapatupad ng malinis at patas na halalan,” Go reiterated.