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Senator-elect Bong Go to take oath before Duterte on July 1

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'No fanfare. Ako lang po at pamilya,' says presidential aide turned senator-elect Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the thanksgiving party hosted by Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Arcadia Event Center in Davao City on May 23, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Bong Go: President Duterte's 'eyes and ears' in the Senate

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Bong Go will be the Senate's 'direct line' to President Rodrigo Duterte, says PDP-Laban president, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to examine a painting of Tomas Pinpin as he makes his way to the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 14, 2018. Accompanying the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ghosts of an anomalous past: Cases, controversies hounding new senators

May 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A number of the new senators also have their share of controversies, including being accused of violating certain laws and becoming subjects of investigations

Newly elected senators of the recent National and Local Elections are proclaimed today, May 22, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto: Bong Go won't be Duterte's blind follower in the Senate

May 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'The way I know Bong Go, kapag may pinilit ang Palasyo na 'di niya gusto, papalag 'yun,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Tito sotto senate reelectionists laguna may 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago sweeps Senate race in Davao City

May 15, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Davaoeños Bong Go and Ronald dela Rosa clinch the top two spots in the Senate race in the Duterte bailiwick of Davao City

2019 HNP Campaign Caravan for Senators at the San Pedro Square in Davao City on Thursday night, May 9. Crowds staying outside the big tent of the campaign rally stayed even with the sudden heavy rains. Rappler photo

Senatorial candidate Bong Go wins big in Mindanao

May 14, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Mindanao's voters come through for President Rodrigo Duterte's executive assistant

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The Davao boys are headed to the Senate

May 14, 2019 - 7:40 AM

In their first bid for public office – national position, at that – Duterte disciples Bong Go and Ronald dela Rosa get enough votes to land them in the top 5

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hands of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and other senatorial candidates at a campaign rally at One Pinagtipunan Circle in Malabon City on April 2, 2019. Representing Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is his wife Kathryna (third from right) while representing former Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino is his sister Analyn Tolentino (second from right). ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe top elections in first transmission

May 13, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go grabs the third spot

Bong Go claims he'll be independent from Malacañang but...

May 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Go says he'll put Filipinos' welfare before Malacañang interests but adds that he will support President Duterte because the Chief Executive 'knows what is good for the country'

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

State-run PNA leads pack in publishing online PR about Bong Go

May 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippine News Agency publishes a fifth of all online 'PR' articles about the senatorial candidate in the two years before the 2019 elections

'Volunteers': Bong Go says celebrities help him for free

May 07, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Entertainment and celebrities are the core of Bong Go's campaign

Bong Go, Bam Aquino face off over ‘Bikoy,’ black propaganda

May 06, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Who spreads black propaganda? Not Go, not Aquino, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who has endorsed the two senatorial candidates

ENDORSEMENT. Opposition senatorial candidate Bam Aquino (left) shake hands with administration bet Bong Go after an back-and-forth on which camp spreads black propaganda. They, along with reelectionist senators, are endorsed by Senate President Tito Sotto (center) in an event in Laguna on May 6, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bikoy surfaces, asks help from IBP to sue Paolo Duterte, Bong Go

May 06, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) The man called Bikoy surfaces as Peter Joemel Advincula, seeking to sue Paolo Duterte, Bong Go, and Manases Carpio

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Si Bikoy at ang walong di dapat iboto

May 06, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Isang linggo na lang at eleksyon na. Gamitin natin ang balota upang tiyaking hindi makakapasok ang mga ito sa Senado.

'That's how much I love him': Bong Go ready to join Duterte in jail

May 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

On the campaign trail in Mandaluyong City, senatorial bet Bong Go defends President Rodrigo Duterte's 'drug war'

JAILTIME TOGETHER? Senatorial candidate Bong Go says he is ready to join his longtime boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, to jail. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Ai Ai delas Alas, mascot represent Bong Go in Cainta rally

May 04, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Celebrities are part of Go’s campaign

SHOWBIZ. Comedienne Ai Ai delas Alas and a mascot represent senatorial bet Bong Go in a campaign rally in Cainta, Rizal. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte allies hit 2019 campaign trail on big bikes

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Whether it’s a flair for drama or the need for speed they find reason to set loose their big bikes on the campaign trail

Duterte leads PDP-Laban campaign rally in Cagayan

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Reelectionist Governor Manuel Mamba, a former Liberal Party stalwart who jumped ship to PDP-Laban, hosts the campaign rally in Tuguegarao City

CAGAYAN CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Cagayan Sports Coliseum in Tuguegarao City on April 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Only 2 candidates got public performance license to use copyrighted songs in rallies

Apr 16, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Candidates who use copyrighted music without a license can be held criminally and civilly liable, says the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc

Duterte: Suspend 18 immigration personnel for 'extorting' from Koreans

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Immigration bureau personnel allegedly tell Korean nationals they are 'fundraising' for the senatorial campaign of former Duterte aide Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutors' League of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on April 4, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Spotlight on surveys: Bong Go’s rise and how other HNP bets are faring

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Presidential aide Bong Go's voter preference rating increases 10-fold in the span of a year. Familiar names in the Hugpong slate continue to dominate the race.

Duterte's tirades won't stop Tommy Osmeña from supporting Bong Go

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The Cebu City mayor denies his endorsement of the former presidential aide is a concession to Chief Executive Rodrigo Duterte

BROTHERS. Senatorial bet Sergio Osmena III joins his brother Tomas, who is the reelectionist Cebu City mayor, at the proclamation party of the regional party BOPK. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Chiz Escudero hosts lunch in Sorsogon for rival senatorial bets

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Escudero, who is running for governor of Sorsogon, gathers Bong Go, Romy Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay for Sunday lunch in his home

LUNCH. Senatorial candidate Bong Go of PDP-Laban talks with rivals from the opposition Otso Diretso slate Romy Macalintal and Florin Hilbay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

LOOK: Chiz Escudero hosts Bong Go, Otso Diretso bets

Mar 31, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Francis 'Chiz' Escudero, who is on his second and last term as senator, is running for governor of Sorsogon in the May 2019 elections

DINING TOGETHER. Senator Francis Escudero hosts Bong Go, Romulo Macalintal, and Florin Hilbay in his residence on March 31, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DOH denies ordering hospitals to put up Bong Go posters

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it took note of Duque's response as assurance that the DOH would follow the poll body's rules

MALASAKIT CENTER. Senatorial candidate Bong Go at the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City on February 6, 2019. Photo from Go

Comelec: Remove Malasakit Center posters with Bong Go face

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial bet Bong Go, longtime aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, is accused of using government resources for his campaign

DUTERTE AIDE. Senatorial bet Bong Go waves during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago event in Quezon City on February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Watchdogs to Comelec: Be ‘proactive’ and probe Bong Go fire visits

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Poll authorities investigating Bong Go's distribution of cash to fire victims during the campaign will deter other candidates from doing the same, says Lente project director Breeza Rosales

ASSISTANCE. Election watchdogs say Comelec should probe Bong Go's fire visits which may count as vote-buying. Photo from Bong Go

Malacañang doubts Bong Go will be charged for vote-buying

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo believes Bong Go didn't 'induce' people to vote for him when the former presidential aide gave out cash assistance to fire victims

Photo from Bong Go

Bong Go rises to 3rd to 5th place in Pulse Asia survey

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Results of the February 24-28 survey shows President Rodrigo Duterte's aide is on a distinct upward trajectory in voters' preferences for the May 13 elections

Photo from Bong Go

Bong Go cash assistance to fire victims may count as vote-buying – Comelec

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The senatorial candidate gives away P2,000 to each of the families affected by a fire in Makati City. Government officials help arrange and coordinate his visits to fire survivors.

Photo from Bong Go

At Isabela rally, Bong Go introduces Duterte as ‘one of my campaign managers’

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Governor Bojie Dy, who endorsed Duterte's opponent in 2016, vows to deliver Isabela's vote for senatorial candidates endorsed by the President

PDP 5. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of the 5 senatorial candidates of his official party, PDP-Laban – (from left) Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Go, Pimentel, Tolentino – at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019. Malacañang photo

Apolitical? Bong Go posters displayed at Liga ng mga Barangay event – Alejano

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the campaign jingle of administration senatorial bet Bong Go was also played outside the venue

'NOT APOLITICAL.' Campaign posters of administration senatorial candidate Bong Go are displayed during the Liga ng mga Barangay event held from February 25 to 27. Photo by Valerie Escalera/Presidential Photo

Otso Diretso bets urge Comelec to probe Bong Go shirts issue

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Erin Tañada says if the poll body does not investigate the issue, it would be like turning a blind eye to a possible violation of campaign rules

PROBE THE SHIRTS. Otso Diretso bet Erin Tañada says Comelec must investigate the controversy surrounding the shirts of administration bet Bong Go. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Mar 05, 2019 - 8:07 PM

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Sara Duterte: Bong Go should show paper trail of t-shirt funding

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The President's daughter says it's possible Go was 'allowed' to insert his T-shirts in the gathering of barangay officials supported by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DILG against using gov’t funds for Bong Go shirts

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:37 PM

‘I will never allow government funds to be spent on anything not allowed by law,’ says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

FOR NEUTRALITY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año distances himself from the Liga ng mga Barangay, which allegedly used government funds for shirts promoting administration Senatorial bet Bong Go. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Government paid for Bong Go shirts in nationwide event – Alejano

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Gary Alejano shows DILG documents authorizing local government units to pay for the registration fee of barangay captains, an amount which covers a kit with Bong Go t-shirts

STATE-FUNDED? Opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano alleges that Bong Go shirt giveaways at the nationwide Liga ng Barangay event were paid for by local government funds. Photos courtesy of Gary Alejano

Kris Aquino hits Phillip Salvador over 'naloko' skit: 'I made the mistake of loving you'

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'What does that make of your son? Produkto siya ng panloloko?'

Duterte to Trillanes: I will subpoena your mother | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:55 PM

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Bong Go: Kris Aquino skit just to make voters happy

Feb 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. Joining the President on stage are former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Bong Go's 'naloko ni Ipe' joke about Kris Aquino

Feb 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Bong Go pokes fun at Kris Aquino in his campaign speeches, aided by the actress' ex-boyfriend Philip Salvador

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Kris Aquino hits 'sure winner' Bong Go over 'naloko' quip in campaign sorties

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:16 AM

'Naloko mo nga si Kris Aquino,' the senatorial candidate quipped in at least one campaign sortie, in skits with actor Phillip Salvador

BELOW THE BELT. Kris Aquino calls Bong Go out for a skit he does during campaign sorties – at her expense. Photo from Kris Aquino's Instagram accoun

Duterte says Bong Go 'handled millions of money' as aide

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:43 PM

The President says Go never took a single cent from millions of cash supposedly distributed to law enforcers for operations and intelligence work

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to distribute basketballs to some teenagers upon his arrival at the Moscati Meadows Residential Treatment Facility (MMRTF) in Laur, Nueva Ecija during its inauguration on February 13, 2019. Joining the President is former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go. Malacañang Photo

Pulse Asia: Bong Go breaks into May 2019 winning circle | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:55 PM

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Bong Go breaks into May 2019 winning circle – Pulse Asia

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The rise of Duterte’s right-hand man came after the deluge of advertisements showing presidential endorsement – 4 months before the May 2019 elections

CAMPAIGN. The coalition of senatorial bets under the regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago kicks off their campaign for the May elections in San Fernado, Pampanga on February 12. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte officially endorses 11 chosen candidates for May 2019

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) ''Pag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly tells the audience during PDP-Laban's proclamation rally in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidates from the PDP-Laban during its kickoff rally for the 2019 midterm elections in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Comelec hits Bong Go, Mar Roxas over illegal campaign posters

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Commission on Elections calls out administration and opposition candidates alike for their illegal posters, as the 2019 campaign period officially begins

ILLEGAL POSTERS. Manila City hall workers start removing campaign materials in Santa Mesa, Manila on February 11, 2019, after Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminds candidates to remove prohibited election propaganda. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bong Go: Don’t vote for me if I used gov’t resources for Senate bid

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:57 PM

But the former Duterte aide refuses to say who is funding his campaign

WAIT FOR SPENDING REPORT. Administration bet Bong Go tells journalists in Angeles City on February 12, 2019, he will report his campaign financiers and expenses. This document, however, is required by the Comelec only after the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP defends invite for Bong Go: We didn't say vote for him

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Remember, wala kaming sinasabi sa kanila na kung sino dapat iboto nila,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

EARLY CAMPAIGN? Senatorial candidate Bong Go is welcomed in national police headquarters Camp Crame a day before the official campaign period for the 2019 elections. PNP photo

MONITOR: Senate bets' TV ads a week before 2019 campaign period

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

These pre-campaign ads have allowed candidates' camps to spend on promotions without having to report them to the Comelec