Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, President Rodrigo Duterte’s most trusted aide, on Friday shunned commenting on who the administration will be supporting during the province’s gubernatorial race in 2019.
Go who was in Bohol for the opening of the “Malasakit Center,” a one-stop shop offering government health services to Filipino indigents in Tagbilaran City, said that it was still “too early” to tell whether Duterte will support Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco or Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap, both allies of the president.
“It’s still too early for me to tell or to speculate. I am not authorized to speak in behalf of the President. So let’s just wait for the proper time kung kinsa iyang i-endorso. I am sure ang iyang buhaton para sa kaayuhan sa tanan sa Bohol,” said Go in an interview with local media.
Go, in his speech at the Malasakit Center, acknowledged that both Evasco and Yap have intentions to seek the province’s highest government office saying that Bohol has a “big problem,” as both administration allies remained on a collision course.
“Mga amigo na nato sila tanan. Problema ani karon kay mura’g naay dakong problema ang taga Bohol kay si Art Yap ug si Evasco ani ang maglaban,”said Go.
Both Yap and Evasco were not in attendance during the event at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital which was also joined by Secretary Michael Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas.
“Wa nako sila gi-imbita para di mag-away,” Go said in jest on Evasco and Yap.
Go who was accompanied by actor Philip Salvador and local officials including Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap, Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo, dismissed Panglao mayor Nila Montero and Ubay Mayor Constan Reyes also remained mum on his purported senatorial bid.
“I still have five days to decide. Akong huna-hunaon og tarong. Naa pa may kutob Miyerkules,” said Go amid the ongoing weeklong filing of certificates of candidacy which started on Thursday. (R. Tutas)