Kontra Daya: Did Duterte, Go quit ruling party?

Donna Pazzibugan, Leila B. Salaverria 11/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The poll watchdog Kontra Daya wants to know if President Rodrigo Duterte and his former aide, Sen. Bong Go, were properly sworn in as members of an unknown political party where they substituted as…

Bong Go accepts challenge to run for president and continue Duterte’s reforms

Daniza Fernandez 11/14/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said that he accepted the challenge to lead the country to continue the reforms initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. Go, a long-time aide of Duterte before he…

Rama is ‘glad’ of BBM-Sara tandem

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/13/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama, a member of the country’s ruling party, PDP-Laban, said he was glad of the tandem of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., and Davao City Mayor Sara…

The poverty of our democracy

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 11/12/2021

Fernando Poe Jr. was known for the saying, “kapag puno na ang salop, kakalusin na” (When the rice measuring container is full, it’s time to strip off the excess). The rice example is meant to signify a…

‘Walang pilitan’: Bong Go opposes mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 11/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Bong Go on Saturday said the government could give incentives for vaccinations instead of making vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory. Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, also pointed out…

Rama hopes for a BBM-Bong Go tandem

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama said that if he could so wish, he would want Presidential candidate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go to team…

President Duterte announces retirement from politics

Catherine Gonzales - Inquirer.net 10/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In a sudden plot twist, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Saturday that he will retire from politics, shelving aside his plans to run for vice president in the 2022 national elections. Duterte made the…

Bong Go files candidacy for vice president in 2022 polls

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 10/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Bong Go on Saturday filed his certificate of candidacy for the position of vice president in the 2022 national elections. Go arrived with President Rodrigo Duterte at about 3:25 PM at the Harbor…

PS-DBM ‘operates independently’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/02/2021

Last Aug. 27, 2021, resigned DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) “operates independently.” He explained that “we don’t interfere in their…

Go, going, gone

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 09/01/2021

Recently in my newsletter, I repeated my belief that presidents are brought down not by their critics but rather, themselves. Take the President who has remained bulletproof as far as criticism is concerned because of two things.…

Politicking in the midst of a pandemic

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 08/29/2021

There ought to be a proper place and time for partisan political talk. No president in his right mind should use his weekly meetings with his COVID-19 team to talk about his political plans when he finishes…

Duterte negative for COVID-19 in last swab test — Go

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 04/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte tested negative for COVID-19 when he underwent his last swab test during the Holy Week, his longtime aide Sen. Bong Go said Thursday. “Regular naman pong nagpapa-swab test si Pangulong Duterte…

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