The die is cast for Bong Go’s political future
Before Malacanang, Bong Go ate governance, day in and day out, 24/7, for more than 20 years as then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s top aide
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Kazakhstani world boxing champion Golovkin have one thing in common.
Both have GGGs.
Golovkin has Triple G or GGG, for Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, his full name, stuck to his boxing gloves.
Bong Go’s GGGs are about today, tomorrow and thereafter.
Bong’s three Gs: G(1) for GO the special assistant of President Rodrigo Duterte; G(2) for GONE as Duterte’s SAP; and G(3) for GOING to become a Senator in 2019.
Golovkin currently holds the unified WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight championship belts.
If Social Weather Station, Pulse Asia and other social survey firms are world boxing bodies, Bong Go is also a champion, though not in the level of Golovkin’s achievements.
Bong Go has made it to the magic circles of recent surveys of potential senatorial candidates in the Philippine 2019 mid-term elections.
The die is cast for Bong Go’s political future: GO, the Special Assistant to the President would soon be GONE as President Duterte’s trusted man and is GOING to throw his hat into politics and will be a Senator after the votes are counted in the 2019 polls.
Critics make fun of SAP Go’s penchant to shoot himself and dignitaries and VIPs as he tags along with President Duterte in foreign trips.
The “Selfie King” for Senator?
There is more to SAP Go than as a mere adjunct embedded in the Duterte cabinet. Before Malacanang, Bong Go ate governance, day in and day out, 24/7, for more than 20 years as then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s top aide.
As a Senator, Bong Go can be like fish in the water in dealing with national issues due to his vast experience and exposure, as a mayoral aide for two decades, to local governance, peace and order, criminality, the communist and Moro insurgency and other concerns that bedeviled Davao City and Mindanao.
Add to that his nearly two years as SAP Go to President Duterte and Bong Go already have ample armaments to help run the country as a Senator. Being an action man, Bong Go can never be an armchair legislator.
Although Bong Go says he still has to decide on running for public office despite the endorsement of his President that he take a crack at Senate in 2019, it should be noted that he is now expanding his exposure to serious national issues. If that is a cue, Senate could not be far away.
Bong Go has also stopped being a “selfie king” to convince his fans that there is more to him than shooting pictures and posing with dignitaries. He no longer needs to do that.
Mainstream media now shoot him not only as SAP Go but also as an important working figure in the Duterte administration, and write stories about his comments and pronouncements on key national issues.
If practice makes perfect, Bong Go is doing just what a future politician should do to fit the job. If we are allowed to go overboard in our assessment, we would say that Bong Go’s body language is now senatorial.