Bong Go: Kris Aquino skit just to make voters happy

Pia Ranada
While the senatorial bet says he won't repeat the hurtful skit, he and Philip Salvador still perform parts of it during a Manila campaign sortie

COMEDIAN. Former Duterte aide Bong Go draws flak for a skit about Kris Aquino. Malacañang photo

MANILA, Philippines – Just a joke to break the monotony.

This was how administration senatorial candidate Bong Go defended his skit with actor Phillip Salvador that poked fun at the latter’s relationship with “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino, sister of former president Benigno Aquino III.

Go, on Wednesday, February 27, apologized to the television personality and said he might stop using the skit in his campaign sorties.

Ma’am Kris Aquino, paumanhin po. Alam kong sawa-sawa na kayo sa pulitika. Gusto lang namin kayo pasayahin,” he said during Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s campaign rally in Manila, addressing his audience of Manila residents towards the end.

(Ma’am Kris Aquino, I’m sorry. I know you’re tired of politics. I just want to make people happy.)

He downplayed the play-acting, which he has been using in several past sorties to work up the crowd before he gives a speech about his platform.

Script lang namin ito. Joke lang namin ito ni Ipe. Kaya lang siguro hindi na namin gagamitin yung joke na yun,” said Go.

(This is just our script. It’s just a joke between me and Ipe. Maybe we won’t use that joke anymore.)

Despite these remarks, Go and Salvador still acted out some parts of the skit, such as recalling how the actor “fooled” Aquino while the two starred in the 1994 movie Nandito Ako.

Salvador still declared that he truly loved Aquino. He still sang the movie’s theme song.

Aquino had said Go’s and Salvador’s skit hurt her for treating as a joke a painful time in her life.

Salvador is the father of her eldest son Josh. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.