Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go makes the headlines without even trying.
Unfortunately, my friend and kumpadre Bong has also been a favorite target of anti-Duterte propagandists.
Just a couple days ago, it was reported that a tarpaulin bearing a “Merry Christmas” greeting “from Bong Go” in Silay City in Negros Occidental was taken down by the local authorities because it did not have a permit to be posted.
Yup, that is actually an incident worth a front-page treatment for some anti-Duterte newspapers but I have not come across a similarly sensationalized news about another senatorial candidate’s tarp or billboard being torn down.
Bong, a strong senatorial contender in the 2019 elections, reportedly quickly asked his supporters to avoid putting any more political advertisement in any form.
Although he appreciates such show of backing from various sectors all over the archipelago, he believes that such ads entail “unnecessary costs.”
He prefers supporters might as well use their money and other resources to extend public services to the poorest of the poor.
He may have divested his official post as Special Assistant to the President but the man of the hour has not stopped being a true public servant.
Without mainstream media coverage, Bong has visited one locality after the other, leading medical missions and giving relief goods to calamity and fire victims.
SAP Bong strongly supports the government’s sustainable development, as well as the war versus illegal drugs.
He is actually following the footsteps of the President who catapulted to power by the people’s support, unlike the “media creature” who preceded him in the Palace.
Bong has quietly done so as he always did since he started “running errands” for the longtime mayor of Davao City.
I have known him since, and I can attest that, if each and every public servant were to emulate the sincerity and selfless dedication of Manong Digong’s errand boy, above all his love for helping the needy and the helpless, this government will be in a much better shape.
I wish my friend Bong many, many years of fruitful years in public service.
Oops, I should be careful of what I wish for, as the saying goes, “Iyung mabunga, yun ang binabato.
Good luck, Bai.