“Isang beses lang tayo mabubuhay, isang beses lang tayo dadaan dito sa pinagdadaanan natin. Kung anong kaya mong gawin para sa kapwa mo, gawin mo na ngayon.”
This was the statement given by former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to sum up the biographical Maalala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode that he just viewed.
On Saturday evening, ABS-CBN Channel 2 aired the episode based on Go’s life story with actor Joseph Marco playing the role and actress Meg Imperial portraying the senatorial candidate’s wife, Emmylou. The episode viewed by millions on TV was based on real events from Go’s beginnings and experiences working with former Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte played by veteran actor Phillip Salvador.
In an interview with MindaVote’s Carlos Munda on Saturday, Go acknowledged that he, at first, did not want his life story to be shown to people but had to do so to help people understand his origins and the work that he does.
“Hindi ko akalain sarili ko makikita ko, istorya (ng buhay ko), nariyan (sa TV at napapanood ng mga tao). Ayaw ko man subalit kailangan pong maintindihan ng taumbayan kung ano po talaga ‘yung trabaho ko noon, ngayon, at (sa) susunod pang mga panahon,” Go explained.
Go admitted that public service is not an easy line of work to do and to be in.
“Totoo po ‘yung nakita niyo, nasaksihan ninyo kanina na talagang wala ka nang panahon sa anak mo at sa pamilya mo ‘pag nasa trabaho ka tulad ng ganito,” Go said.
“Subalit, (sa) pagseserbisyo naman sa kapwa Pilipino (ay) masaya naman po ako at hindi po talaga ako nagsisisi at hanggang sa pagtanda ay magseserbisyo po ako,” he said.
Go credited his devotion to public service to his long-time boss and mentor, Duterte, and professed that he will be serving the president until the very end.
“Ako naman po, sa kanya (President Duterte) ko (po utang ang) lahat; lahat ng utang na loob po at natutunan kong lahat, itong pagserbisyo sa kapwa tao at paano mahalin ang kapwa Pilipino, ay sa kanya ko po natutunan talaga,” Go said.
“Nangako ako sa kanya na pagsisilbihan ko po siya hanggang kamatayan at tutuparin ko po ‘yun,” he added.
Go started in public service more than 20 years ago as the personal aide and executive assistant of Duterte when the latter was still a mayor.
For many years, he attended to Duterte’s personal as well as official undertakings, eventually becoming a trusted confidant and protégé. This close relationship continued to the point that when Duterte became president, Go was brought onboard as SAP.
In 2018, Go decided to resign from his post as SAP to run for a seat in the Senate in the 2019 midterm elections in support of the Duterte administration and its programs.
A senatorial candidate in the 13 May elections, Go is a staunch supporter of the Duterte administration and its war against drugs, crime and corruption.
Go’s legislative agenda focuses on agriculture, education, housing, improved healthcare service delivery, anti-drug and crime drive, anti-corruption drive, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, fire protection and prevention, creation of a Department of OFW, barangay welfare, and improved benefits for senior citizens.
He intends to serve the public regardless of what fate has in store for him.
“Kung saan man ako dalhin ng aking tadhana, I promise the Filipino people na mag-serbisyo talaga ako sa kanila nang buong katapatan hanggang sa huling araw ng aking buhay,” Go said.