On Sunday, Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go turned emotional when he said that President Rodrigo Duterte is the dad figure in his life in an occasion he went to at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel organized by leaders of the Calabarzon Region who announced him as the adopted child of the region and proclaimed their full help for Go’s senatorial appointment in the 2019 midterm elections.
“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.
Go shared the reason behind his proclivity to the President after the fruitful airing of the special Maalala Mo Kaya (MMK) scene that included his biography and the job previous Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte played in it.
Go did not forget to feature the role played by President Duterte in helping him create 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 magkamamali,” Go narrated.
“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 said.
The aspiring senator 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. 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.
He turned emotional when he recalled 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 with tears streaming down his face.
“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.
Go started his career in public service more than 20 years ago as the personal aide and executive assistant of then-Davao City Mayor Duterte.
During all those years, Go attended to Duterte’s personal and official matters, eventually becoming a trusted confidant and protégé of the former mayor.
Go closed his speech at the Calabarzon event with an important quote that sums up why he chooses to serve the Filipino people, hoping that others would join him in rendering service.
“I shall pass this way but once. Any good that I could do and any kindness that I could show to any human being, let me do it now for I shall not pass this way again. Ibig ko pong sabihin dito, nandirito (na) tayo sa posisyon, kayo po, (anumang) puwede nating gawin (na kabutihan para) sa kapwa tao, gawin na po natin ngayon.”
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