Bong Go confirms PRRD-BBM meeting

Says PDP-Laban endorsement is a party-decision

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, on Wednesday, March 23, confirmed the meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos during an interview after his monitoring visit of the Malasakit Center and turnover of financial assistance from the Office of the President at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Go said that the two had a productive meeting, with Duterte sharing his experiences with Marcos as an outgoing president of the country and even giving him advise during their discussions.

“Maganda naman po ang resulta ng meeting. Medyo matagal-tagal nga ‘yon at talagang ganado ‘yung Pangulo na magkuwento. I think about 80% ng discussion ay more on si Presidente po ang nagsasalita,” shared the senator.

“And he shared his experience po… as president sa mga nakaraan. Ito, nagbigay siya ng mga kaunting payo, mga ginawa niya para sa ating bayan ay sana po’y ipagpatuloy ng kung sino man po ‘yong magiging susunod na Pangulo,” he added.

Go also mentioned that the meeting was one of the factors that led to the ruling party, the PDP-Laban, endorsing Marcos’ candidacy after various talks and consultations.

“Malamang ‘yon po ang naging isa sa naging dahilan, pero dumaan po ‘yon sa konsultasyon at proseso,” said Go.

“It’s a party decision po. So, ibig sabihin dumaan sa proseso, pinag-usapan, nagkonsultasyon sa iba’t ibang miyembro ng PDP at majority ang nakapag-decide kung sino po ‘yung ina-adopt at susuportahan. So, it’s a party decision po,” he added.

The senator then expressed his hope for unity within the party when it comes to endorsing candidates in the upcoming elections.

“Being a member po ng PDP ay sana iisa po ang magiging direksyon ng lahat ng miyembro ng partido,” said Go.

“Kasi para naman po sa akin, para po sa akin personally as PDP member, kung sino po ‘yung makapagpatuloy ng magagandang programa ni Pangulong Duterte, […] iyon po ang gusto kong suportahan. At kung sino po ‘yung talagang ‘yung direksyon niya is ipagpatuloy, huwag sirain ‘yung momentum na naumpisahan na natin,” he added.

When asked about the state of the political party system in the country, Go speculated that existing political affiliations would change after Duterte’s term, saying that this is a reality of Philippine politics.

“After President Duterte, sa tingin ko watak-watak na rin ‘yan, Gano’n naman talaga that’s the reality of Philippine politics and our party system dito sa ating bansa,” said Go.

“At kahit kailan, kung sino ‘yung president sila ‘yung ruling party. After papalitan ng panibagong presidente ‘yon na naman ang magiging ruling party. So that’s the reality of Philippine politics,” he added.

Bong Go shares realizations about PH politics as PRRD’s term nears end

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday, March 9, shared some of his realizations about politics in the country as he revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte has started packing his belongings in preparation for his departure from the Malacañang Palace.

In an ambush interview after he visited fire victims in Baseco Port Area, Manila City, Go shared the differences he witnessed between the time Duterte was set to move to Malacañang at the start of his term, and now as he prepares to leave.

“Alam niyo ang pinakamahirap sa lahat ‘yung pagliligpit na, ‘yung pauwi ka na. Noong unang panahon ang dami mong kasama pagpasok, ang daming gustong tumulong, nagpe-presinta,” noted Go.

“Pagpalabas na, mapapansin mo na unti-unti na pong nawawala rin ang gustong tumulong. Sine-secure na po nila ang kanilang sarili at naiintindihan naman namin. Well that is politics,” he added.

The senator said that the President himself has accepted this reality of life and politics, saying, “Unti-unti na rin po niyang natatanggap dahil ganoon naman po talaga ang buhay, bilog. Minsan dito ka, at naranasan na po niya ang ganoong buhay.”

“Naging Mayor, bumaba as Vice Mayor, umangat as Mayor at naging Pangulo. Alam na po niya ‘yung reality of life,” he continued.

A Davao City native himself, Go also remarked that the President would have to bring back everything they brought into the Palace as the latter prepares for life beyond politics.

“Hindi naman kami mga taga-Maynila na nandidito lang po ang aming mga tirahan. So kailangan ring magligpit dalhin sa … kung anong dinala mo ng papunta rito, ‘yun din ‘yung bubuhatin mo pauwi,” said Go.

“Mas mabuti na ‘yung nasanay ka na sa buhay ng retirement, ‘yun po ang inaantabayanan ng ating Pangulo,” he added.

Nevertheless, Go maintained that Duterte will continue to execute his duties as President, ensuring that no time is lost in serving the Filipino people until the end of his term.

“He will definitely continue to work until the last day of his term,” emphasized the senator in earlier interviews.

Go went on to say that Duterte is ensuring a seamless transition of power for the next administration.

“Gusto rin niyang siguraduhing maayos ang transition patungo sa susunod na administrasyon ng kung sino man ang pipiliin ng taumbayan sa halalan,” remarked Go.

Tupas files cyber libel complaint vs. Walden Bello

Former Davao City Information Officer Jefry Tupas formally lodged cyber libel case against vice presidential aspirant Walden Bello on Monday afternoon before the Davao City Prosecutor’s Office.

In a statement read by Tupas, herself, she said that what Bello said during his press conference was “baseless, below-the-belt, hurtful, disparaging, and damaging”.

“Mr. Walden Bello’s attack against me online resulted in a deluge of people attacking me online. As of now, the posts remain available and viewed and shared around by people – and we could only surmise that many of them are convinced that I am what Mr. Walden Bello has said I am. To them, Mr. Walden Bello’s version of the truth about me is the truth about me,” Tupas said.

She said that Bello should be taught a lesson for the unimaginable damage the latter has given her.

Jefry Tupas

“ People like Mr. Walden Bello must be taught a lesson – that they cannot, as they should not be allowed to, run away with their actions and words that destroy the lives of private citizens like me,” she added.

Tupas’ lawyer, Atty. Caesar S. Europa said that even if Bello will ask for an apology it will not change anything and the case will still continue.

“If he ask for apology it can be (seen as an admission of guilt),” Europa said.

Atty. Caesar Europa

UniTeam’s Sara warns public against group soliciting cash from supporters

UniTeam vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte warned the public against a scam where their supporters are supposedly to get an ID card for a minimal amount ranging from 20 to 180 pesos in exchange for an ATM card with an amount of P5,000 coming from UniTeam presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, Jr.

In a press conference in Davao City on Monday, February 28, the presidential daughter said that they do not ask for any membership fee from their supporters nor would they issue an ID and give an ATM card with money in it.

VP candidate Sara Duterte

Mayor Sara Duterte said that such an activity by one group is a scam and refrained their supporters from falling into it.

On Sunday, February 27, two individuals identified as Virginia Almoroto Calape and Nanette V. Denopo were caught by the Davao City Police Office personnel while recruiting members for the UniTeam in Sto. Niño, Matina.

The recruited members reportedly paid P25 to Calape and Denopo for the Uniteam ID card lamination and membership processing.

Authorities recovered cash amounting to P4,895 from the suspects; along with filled-up forms; blank ID cards; certificate of appointment supposedly signed by former secretary Jesus Dureza as lead convenor, and Saida Wong and Edilberto Loquente as convenors; among others.

The Talomo Police coordinated with the UniTeam’s legal team for Davao Region headed by Atty. Joahna Paula Domingo who denied that their group has authorized anyone to use the UniTeam and the name of their presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos Jr. and vice presidential bet Sara Duterte for any activities in soliciting/collecting money from individuals just for ID cards and membership.

Few weeks back, a certain Rogelio Suarez, 52, a resident of Barangay Marapangi, Toril was also arrested by the police for the same reasons.

Suarez was nabbed by police at the Matina Crossing public market after he was reported to be allegedly recruiting members, soliciting and actually collecting money for P20.00 claiming it was for the use of the UniTeam Multisectoral Alliance Movement campaign of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

Efforts to get statement from Dureza proved futile as of this writing.

Total lockdown rumors dismissed by Palace

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
Acting Spokesperson
08 January 2022

On the audio clip and baseless rumors about a ‘total lockdown’

We have come across an audio clip that has been shared via personal messages and social media, in which a male speaker warns the public to stock up on essential supplies as the government is considering placing the country under a “total lockdown.”

This is a false and baseless statement.

We reiterate our appeal to the public to dismiss these unfounded and malicious rumors and to refrain from sharing these with our family and friends. As I said in our press briefing yesterday, our country is dealing with a real threat that understandably concerns our people, and spreading these unverified rumors contributes to unnecessary anxiety and needless panic. Hindi po ito nakakatulong.

Let me also reiterate that the Department of Agriculture has given assurances that our inventory for basic food commodities, particularly rice, indicates that we have more than enough supplies to last for more than the next three months, enough until the next harvest season in April. According to the Department of Agriculture, the same also holds true for lowland and highland vegetables, which is at 85 percent and 107 percent sufficiency level, respectively.

While we encourage the public to keep informed about the latest developments in our battle against COVID, we urge everyone to obtain their news and information from credible sources, dismiss disinformation, and contribute positively in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID by observing minimum public health standards and by getting vaccinated in order to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.