Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders

Pia Ranada

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Selfie kings: Bong Go, Harry Roque pose with APEC leaders
Some of the most historic encounters between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and world leaders are documented by top aide Bong Go through selfies

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque were the undisputed “selfie kings” of the Philippine delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

As President Rodrigo Duterte’s official companions, they got to hobnob with the world’s most powerful leaders, a golden opportunity to post epic selfies.

Go, who has no active Twitter account and rarely posts on Facebook, sent his photos to reporters who then spread it online. Roque posted his selfies on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Go’s propensity for selfie-taking is one of the reasons why the Philippine public’s first photos of historic moments for Duterte always include his face.

The first photo of Duterte and US President Donald Trump’s much-awaited first encounter is a selfie of the presidential aide’s.

Go was the media’s fastest source of images of the moment since he was among the few Philippine officials allowed in the APEC Economic Leaders’ retreats, aside from the heads of government themselves. 

FIRST ENCOUNTER. SAP Bong Go takes a photo of the first encounter between US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Go, as Duterte’s right-hand man, even had access to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and working lunch, a gathering reserved for country leaders.

He took a selfie of the first time Duterte and Trump were in the same room.

POTUS HERE. SAP Bong Go has a selfie in the APEC event that put US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the same room for the first time.

When reporters asked for a photo of Duterte’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Go sent a selfie of that moment.

Both Go and Roque had selfies with an APEC leader especially in demand among girls – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In his selfie with International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde, Roque mistakenly identified her as “Agnes Legarda” in a tweet and Facebook post. The error has since been corrected.

Go, asked by Rappler, said the selfies with foreign leaders are “for remembrance.”

But it’s not surprising that, when asked who his favorite leader to have a selfie with is, he replied, “PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte).”

Here are more selfies of Go and Roque:

LUNCH WITH LEADERS. SAP Bong Go takes a selfie with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak behind him.

SECRETARY OF STATE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, and Special Envoy Jose de Venecia pose with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

IMF HEAD. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque poses with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.


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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is Rappler’s Community Lead, in charge of linking our journalism with communities for impact.