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Shut up or free speech? Roque, Bong Go respond to Mar Roxas’ rice crisis advice

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The two Malacañang officials give contrasting responses to the suggestions of former interior secretary Mar Roxas

Comelec substitution rule, PCIJ report on Bong Go, Trillanes cases | Midday wRap

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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Top Davao gov't infra contractor owned by Bong Go kin – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:38 PM

CLTG Builders, a contractor owned by SAP Bong Go's father, wins roughly P750 million worth of government contracts from 2016 to 2017

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is the son of a top infrastructure contractor in Davao. Bong Go photo from Malacañang

Rice prices soar, Trillanes, TD Neneng | Evening wRap

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Trillanes seeks probe into multibillion projects 'awarded' to Bong Go's family

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'So maliwanag na corruption 'yan,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on allegations the firms owned by Secretary Bong Go's father and half-brother got multibillion-peso government contracts in Davao Region

Sen. Trillanes’ press con outside his office on September 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go wants to run for senator – Duterte

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The President himself announces that his presidential aide will seek a Senate seat in 2019

Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President paid a visit to the fire victims in Barangay 76-A Bucana in Davao City to extend assistance to the victims on August 17, 2018. Photo from the Office of Bong Go

8 'very possible' senatorial bets announced at PDP-Laban assembly

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The potential bets, mostly lawmakers, are introduced during the PDP-Laban Leadership Assembly

LINEUP. PDP-Laban announces 8 "very possible" personalities part of their Senatorial slate.

Duterte dispels coma rumors, NAIA flights, SEA Games logo | Midday wRap

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:54 PM

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WATCH: Video shows Duterte after coma rumors

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) A video shows President Rodrigo Duterte about to have dinner on August 20. He appears normal, save for a slight droop of his right eyelid.

DENR suspends Rizal quarrying after call from Bong Go

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Quarrying is temporarily halted after President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide relays a complaint from a Marikina City resident. But it has yet to be determined whether or not quarrying led to flooding.

Residents of Brgy., Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal clean up houses full of mud brought by flood water on Sunday, August, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

Duterte 'unites' PDP-Laban factions, vows help in 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with party leaders again in September, ahead of the filing of certificates of candidacy

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the two warring factions of ruling party PDP-Laban at Diamond Hotel. Photo from SAP Bong Go

PDP-Laban struggles for unity, survival ahead of 2019 polls

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Aside from the infighting, PDP-Laban faces threats from other Duterte-allied parties, especially the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte Carpio

PDP Laban Assembly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to meet PDP-Laban factions on Aug 9

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Rodrigo Duterte is meeting with his party-mates due to infighting between two camps, that of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and lawyer Rogelio Garcia

UNITING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) - Laban Christmas Benefit Dinner for Marawi City at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on December 13, 2017, calls on the PDP-Laban as well as other political parties to unite so that they could all work together to solve the country's problems. Photo by ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte applies for license to own, possess firearm

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:35 AM

Photos from Malacañang show President Rodrigo Duterte personally attending to his application

APPLICATION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares for the fingerprints scanning process as part of his application for a license to own and possess firearm at Malacañang on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Pantaleon Alvarez, ASEAN statement on China, Bong Go movie role | Evening wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Bong Go to play 'coach' in Stephen Baldwin movie about drugs

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:16 PM

The ubiquitous presidential aide will soon be seen on the big screen

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a selfie with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin, and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President during a courtesy call on the President at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Manila on August 1, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to 'unify' PDP-Laban factions

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:52 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to resolve the party infighting involving the factions of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Duterte's classmate, lawyer Rogelio Garcia

FACTIONS. A group within PDP-Laban held an 'unauthorized' national assembly and elections on Friday, July 29. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Bong Go billboards, China on PH loans, Mandela | Midday wRap

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:49 PM

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Bong Go supporter takes down NLEX billboard

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:23 PM

A certain 'Christine Yu' removes the enormous Bong Go billboard at the Candaba viaduct in the North Luzon Expressway, according to a press release from the staff of the Special Assistant to the President

Photo from PCOO

Do Bong Go’s donations, billboards violate government ethics code?

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The presidential aide gives away an ambulance, branded shoes, and smartphones – all from private supporters. His face and name are displayed in giant and expensive billboards. Is he violating any rules?

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sara Duterte’s party to back Dela Rosa, Bong Go, JV Ejercito in 2019

Jun 30, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says Hugpong ng Pagbabago is ready to endorse the 3 allies of her father, should they decide to run in next year's Senate race

PARTY LEADER. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is ready to endorse 2019 senatorial elections candidates. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 25, 2018

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:35 PM

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Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

China plane only refueling in Davao? 'Very obvious lie,' says Trillanes

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Minority senators are eyeing a probe into the issue, but it is uncertain if committees headed by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies will agree to conduct such an inquiry

Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 7, 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives up the court defended by George Hill #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kris Aquino appeals to Bong Go after Mocha Uson refuses to apologize

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:03 PM

'I want to end this just by saying, 'Mocha, you win'

Here's Kris Aquino's message to Bong Go on Mocha Uson

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The message from the influential celebrity prompts President Rodrigo Duterte to instruct his presidential aide to issue an apology

Mocha Uson to apologize to Kris Aquino, says Bong Go

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:47 PM

'Actually, ang sabi ni Mocha sa akin, ang purpose ng kanyang pag-upload is pinapakita niya na both leaders...are well-loved,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

APOLOGY. Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is expected to apologize to Kris Aquino over a social media post the government official made about the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kris Aquino vs Mocha Uson: Bong Go says 'sorry for incident'

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Thank you for taking my feelings as a daughter into consideration and showing me empathy,' Kris tells the top presidential aide

Marawi Siege anniversary, SWS survey, Roque on Duterte | Midday wRap

May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

LOOK: Terrence Romeo, presidential son-in-law win PBA All-Star Legends Shootout

May 23, 2018 - 8:49 PM

PBA great Allan Caidic and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go settle for 3rd place

SNIPER. Terrence Romeo scores 24 points in the special 3-point shootout that kicked off the 2018 PBA All-Star Week. Photo by PBA Images


Duterte on Zeid, Abas as Comelec Commissioner, Go on Duterte | Evening wRap

May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte won't visit Marawi for siege anniversary – Bong Go

May 23, 2018 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to commemorate Marawi's liberation, not the start of the siege, says his top aide

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Bong Go: #BabaeAko campaign 'clearly political'

May 23, 2018 - 1:58 PM

'To say that President Duterte is not pro-women and looks down on women is truly unfair,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards the Philippine Legion of Honor to one of the personnel of the Philippine Navy its 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. Assisting the President during the awarding is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

FACT CHECK: Bong Go did not raise Philippine flag at Benham Rise

May 18, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and presidential son Sebastian Duterte ride jet skis only around Casiguran Sound on May 15

Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

Bong Go meets with Floyd Mayweather in Davao City

May 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Secretary Bong Go facilitates the retired boxing champ's trip to Samal, where Floyd Mayweather Jr went jet skiing

'MONEY' IN DAVAO. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr visits Davao City and meets Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go in Lanang, Davao City. Photo courtesy of Secretary Go's office

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, SC ousts Sereno, Mayweather in Davao City | Evening wRap

May 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Manny Pacquiao, Bong Go headline PBA All-Star special 3-point shootout

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The two public officials will be joined by two of the 40 Greatest Players in PBA History

FROM DOWNTOWN. Bong Go and Manny Pacquiao will try to shoot the lights out in the 2018 PBA All-Star Week. Graphic by Rappler


'Friends of the party' in initial NPC senatorial lineup

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'They more or less fit into the ideals, objectives, and goals of the party,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of the initial lineup of the Nationalist People's Coalition

SUPPORT. Senator Vicente Sotto III bares the name of 8 individuals the National People's Coalition will support in the 2019 elections. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] The alarming depletion of NFA rice under Duterte’s watch

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years

Duterte meets OFW scalded by Saudi employer

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Pahima Alagasi, the OFW scalded by her employer in Saudi Arabia 4 years ago, is given financial assistance and offered a job by President Rodrigo Duterte

WELCOME HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte personally welcomed home Pahima Alagasi, an OFW scalded by her employer in Saudi Arabia four years ago. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Honeylet Avanceña wants Pasig River rehab tackled in Cabinet meeting

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The President's partner is now able to suggest agenda items for Cabinet meetings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets his attire fixed by his partner Honeylet as they prepare to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners for the dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO