Bong Go: The virtual clone of President Duterte
WHAT MATTERS MOST - Atty. Josephus Jimenez (The Freeman) - February 11, 2019 - 12:00am

There is only one person who can go in and out the inner sanctum of the president, aside from Honeylet Avanceña, and that is Bong Go. Only he can wake up Duterte even at the wee hours of the night or the early dawn, in case there is fire in Malacañan, an uprising in Mindanao, or a rebellion in EDSA.

And that is Go. Only he can whisper to Duterte even if he is speaking before the United Nations general assembly. Only Go will jump from a building if ordered by Duterte, or take a bullet to save him. The president trusts him totally and unconditionally. That is why Go's senatorial election results will be a barometer of Duterte's own popularity.

Only Go will stand up to defend Duterte even before a firing squad of Jemaah Islamiyah or before the peoples' court of the Communist Party of the Philippines. If a non-lawyer would be allowed, he will argue for acquittal of Duterte before the Supreme Court in case he is tried for any crime.

Or in front of St. Peter on the day he enters Pearly Gates. Duterte is very lucky to have found a man who has almost no personal life. All his hours are at the service of the president. Somehow, Go is also lucky to be trusted by such a very difficult man to please, who does not just trust easily.

I have not seen Duterte, in his words, actions and decisions, trusting his sons Polong or Baste, for that matter. None of them are seen as close and trusted in the same manner and intensity as Go. Inday Sara is a favorite of Duterte, being a lawyer who gives him much honor and fulfillment in the professional aspect.

Albeit he calls Sara “maldita” and “isog,” he loves her because, of all his children, only she has the potential to become a presidentiable someday, who knows. But Polong, Baste, and Inday don’t have the time or inclination to do what Go keeps on doing for Duterte. For the last 20 years or so, Go's life has revolved around Duterte.

The series of TV ads showing Duterte endorsing Go helped catapult him to the magic circle of probable winners. Duterte wants three bets to win: Go, Bato de la Rosa, and Francis Tolentino. And the dearest of them is Go. He was allowed to use the MALASAKIT Center as a platform to reach the masses.

This center is funded by PCSO, thus the money Go uses are public funds. Somehow, he is using public funds to endear himself to the masses. That can be considered undue advantage over other candidates. But, in the language of the late Senator Avelino: “What are we in power for?”

Go is a man who never dreamed to become a senator. But he is that kind of person who would follow all orders of Duterte. Duterte told him to run, and so, he is running. I think he is a good man, but my question is: Is he really fit for the Senate?

I ask the same question about Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and even Grace Poe. I ask the same question about Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Aguilar. Just because if you can box and sing, are you really for the Philippine Senate? Just asking.

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