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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

Lorenzana-Locsin clash over Mutual Defense Treaty | Evening wRap

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

PNP honors Senate bet Bong Go on eve of campaign period

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Duterte-aide-turned-Senate-bet Bong Go says he came only as a private citizen and a former secretary

HONORED. Bong GO speaks before a college student-filled Camp Crame field ON Monday, February 11. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte’s chosen ones: Who will benefit most from the President’s endorsement?

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The popular President Duterte is supporting multiple slates. His blessing will be more critical to some, than to others.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17, 2018, reiterates that his administration remains committed to preserve and defend the most cherished democratic values in the country. Malacañang Photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Bantay-salakay ng Malasakit Center?

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:57 AM

Ang nagtutulong-tulong – ang nagmamalasakit – para magbigay ng serbisyo at pondo sa mahihirap na kababayan natin ay ang mga ahensiya. Hindi ito idea ni Bong Go – inagaw niya lang ito.

Gio Tingson: Don’t use youth commission as Bong Go’s 'billboard' | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:28 PM

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Negros Occidental city takes down Bong Go tarpaulin

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Silay City Mayor Mark Golez says the senatorial candidate's tarpaulin violates a city ordinance, which regulates and requires permits for advertisements

VIOLATION. The Silay City government takes down the tarpaulin of former special assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go displayed at the public plaza due to violation of a local ordinance. Photo from Silay City Mayor Mark Golez Facebook page

Former Davao City administrator named OIC of Bong Go office

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Palace Undersecretary Melchor Quitain, also known as the man behind President Rodrigo Duterte's most important speeches, is designated OIC of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President

Bong Go now part of Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go will serve as head of delegation to the national team in the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

DIFFERENT FIELD. Bong Go says he could still be called SAP – Special Assistant to the Philippine team. Photo from Delfin Dioquino


PIA feeds Bacolod journalists interview questions for Bong Go

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine Information Agency’s support for the activities of a non-government official, especially one running for senator, goes against its stated functions

Opposition coalition, Isidro Lapeña, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:58 PM

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Duterte refers to former beauty queen aide as 'Bong's replacement'

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:54 PM

But former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go says Deliu will only take over some of his tasks as top aide and will not be given the title of 'SAP'

Youth groups slam electioneering of Bong Go, Ejercito at NYC event

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'We remind the National Youth Commission that as a government agency you should uphold neutrality and not use any of your programs as a venue for political gain,' says the Parliament of Youth Leaders

HOAX: Alejano's 'quotes' on Bong Go

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the quotes are fake and part of black propaganda ahead of the 2019 elections

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

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

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

COC filing: Comebacks, gimmicks that 'shookt' Filipinos

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections has its share of eyebrow-raising moments

Duterte on frigates issue, Michael Yang, Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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Duterte admits role in Navy-Bong Go frigates issue

Oct 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

In an admission that somewhat completes the frigates puzzle, President Duterte says it was he who gave the South Korean supplier's complaint to Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the concluding ceremonies of the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) at the Manila Hotel in the City of Manila on October 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec vows fair play in polls amid Bong Go issue

Oct 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'We trust that those who are currently in the administration will respect the authority of the Comelec,' says elections spokesperson James Jimenez

DUTERTE AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go files his candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Twitter war erupts over Angkas drivers supporting Bong Go

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Would you stop using a company's products or services if they become affiliated with a politician or political stance?

Panelo denies special treatment for Bong Go in COC filing

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Malacañang says that while Go may have had more than the allowed number of companions, he didn't mean to 'bring' them along

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go files his candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte and around 40 supporters and some members of the cabinet accompanied Go during the filing. Go is running under the PDP-Laban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COC filing, Bong Go, Prayut Chan-o-cha | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2018 - 2:07 PM

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Fuel excise tax, #PHVote, Meghan Markle | Evening wRap

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:37 PM

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Army command turnover delayed as Duterte went to Comelec for Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Army generals wait for more than an hour for the President's arrival during the turnover ceremony for the incoming Army commanding general

IN WAIT. Commanding officers of the Philippine Army wait in Fort Bonifacio for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte. Sourced photo

Comelec bends COC filing rules to favor Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commission on Elections admits there was 'special treatment' for the filing of Bong Go's certificate of candidacy 'considering the personalities involved'

SPECIAL TREATMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanies his top aide Bong Go, who filed his certificate of candidacy for senator on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Quiboloy lawyer eyed as Bong Go replacement in Malacañang

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Davao City lawyer Charmalou Aldevera, a friend of presidential son Paolo Duterte, is being considered to take over the functions of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Accompanied by Duterte, Bong Go files candidacy for senator

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte goes with his top aide Bong Go in filing the latter's certificate of candidacy at the Comelec office in Intramuros

STRIKING OUT. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is leaving his prime Malacañang post to run for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano resigning as foreign secretary – Duterte

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte announces that Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has plans to seek a congressional post in 2019, prompting him to look for a replacement

DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano during Congress budget briefing on the 2019 proposed budget on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler