FORMER Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Law-rence “Bong” Go turned emotional as he affirmed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s role as a father figure in his life and a father figure to the Filipino people.
“Nakita ko kay Pangulong Duterte ang isang tunay na ama (na) talagang nagmamahal, di lang sa akin kung hindi sa (lahat ng) Pilipino. Siya talaga ang inyong tunay na Tatay Digong na nagmamahal sa kanyang kapwa tao,” Go stated.
The former SAP gave this statement on Sunday, following the successful airing of the special Maalala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode that featured his life story and the role former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte played in it.
The Maalala Mo Kaya biographical episode that was shown on Saturday evening featured the talents of Joseph Marco, who played the role of Bong Go; Meg Imperial, who played Go’s wife, Emmylou; and Phillip Salvador, who played the role of Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
On Sunday, Bong Go attended an event at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel organized by leaders of the Calabarzon Region wherein Bong Go was proclaimed adopted son of the region. In the event, the Provincial Governors of the Calabarzon region also declared their full support for Go’s senatorial candidacy in the 2019 midterm elections.
Bong Go was indeed humbled and honored at the show of support by the leaders of the Calabarzon Region.
“Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong mga assurances, tulong, at inyong mga commitments,” Go stated.
Go did not forget to highlight the role played by President Duterte in helping him develop to become a leader and public servant.
“Ipinagbilin niya sa akin ito: sabi niya, ‘Di ka magkakamali, Bong: gawin mo lahat para sa Pilipino. Serve the Filipino first, hindi ka magka-mamali’,”Go narrated.
Bong Go then discussed the Maalala Mo Kaya episode and revealed that the episode not only depicted scenes based on actual events but also showed numerous truths regarding the life that he leads.
“Totoo po ‘yung nakita niyo, nasaksihan ninyo na talagang wala ka nang panahon sa anak mo at sa pamilya mo ‘pag nasa trabaho ka tulad ng ganito,” Go divulged in a previous interview.
Go also admitted that he had to make sacrifices in his personal life in order to do the work that needs to be done.
“Minsan po, hindi ko na po nagagampanan ‘yung duties ko bilang ama, bilang asawa,” Go confessed.
“Subalit, di po ako nagsisisi kasi ‘yung ginagawa namin ng Pangulong Duterte noong mga panahon na ‘yun (sa Davao City) ay talagang trabaho para sa kabutihan ng kapwa tao,” said Go, when describing the years in Davao City spent working by former Mayor Duterte’s side.
Bong Go became suddenly emotional as well when recalling an event in his life involving steak, a dish that was heavily featured in Saturday night’s MMK episode.
“Noong nagtrabaho na ako kay Pangulong Duterte, noong kumain kami ng steak, nakita ko (at narinig ko) talaga, sabi niya, ‘Bong, kung ano ‘yung kinakain ko, ‘yun rin ang kakainin niyo.’ So, doon ko po nakita na napakabait ni (Pangulong Duterte; Go starts sobbing). Pasensya na pero totoo talaga ‘yung istoryang ‘yun,” Go recalled as he turned emotional and was not able to hold back his tears.
Bong Go acknowledged that in the many years spent working with Rodrigo Duterte, he realized that Duterte only wants the best for his fellow Filipinos.
“Sa akin po, sa totoo lang, walang ibang interes si Pangulong Duterte kung hindi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino. Totoo ‘yan. For the past 20 years, kilalang-kilala ko si Boss,” Go declared.
Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go started in public service more than 20 years ago as the personal aide and executive assistant of the then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
For years, Bong Go attended to Duterte’s personal and official matters, eventually becoming a trusted confidant and protégé of the former mayor.