Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “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 said at an event at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel organized by leaders of the Calabarzon Region.
The former SAP gave this statement on Sunday, following the Maalala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode that featured his life story and the role Duterte played in it.
“The Bong Go Story” was shown Saturday evening Joseph Marco playing the role of Go, Meg Imperial as Go’s wife, Emmylou, and Phillip Salvador as Duterte.
Go did not forget to highlight the role played by 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 magkamamali,’”he recalled.
The episode was based on actual events.
“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.
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,” Go said as he turned emotional and started sobbing.
Go acknowledged that in the many years spent working with Duterte, he realized that the president 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 said.
Go started in public service more than 20 years ago as the personal aide and executive assistant of the then-Davao City mayor Duterte.
For years, he 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.”