Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go suggested on Sunday, August 26, that  Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Senator Antonio Trillanes should go with  President Rodrigo Duterte in the trip to Israel to have their heads checked by Israeli doctors.

Go hurled the snide remark about the legislators’ mental capacity as  opposition lawmakers Trillanes and Alejano, the President’s rabid critics, doubted the reason for Duterte’s September 2 to 5 official visit.

Alejano had claimed that Duterte would be going to Israel for medical check-up and not for diplomacy.

They are welcome to join the trip to Israel. If the President is really going to have a medical checkup there, Alejano and Trillanes can also have their heads checked, Go said with a smirk.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that Duterte’s official trip is upon the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The official visit will be the first by a Philippine President since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries 61 years ago in 1957, according to the DFA.

Trillanes and Alejano’s blast at Duterte’s health followed a claim last week by communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison that Duterte was already comatose.

Go immediately shot down the allegation of the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines who is in exile in The Netherlands, with a Facebook live feed showing a healthy Duterte having dinner with a female friend in Davao City.


On Facebook, Sison dared Duterte to make public his health records.

Bago po tayo ma-Joma muli ng balita, o fake news, e di umuwi na lang siya dito sa Pilipinas. Sabay sila ni President Duterte. Tignan natin sino ang mas malakas sa kanila, sino ‘yung clean bill of health (Before we get victimized by fake news again, why doesn’t he just come home to the Philippines? He can have a checkup with the President. Let’s see who is stronger and who will have a clean bill of health),” he said.

Ako naman I assure you that the President is in tip-top condition. Kaya niyang tapusin ang kanyang termino. In fact, nakita niyo naman sa mga speeches niya na umabot pa kami ng Jolo kahapon to visit the wounded soldiers, to boost their morale lang po (He can complete his term. In fact, we even went to Jolo yesterday to visit the wounded soldiers, to boost their morale),” Go said.

Go said Duterte is strong enough to go to Mindanao to visit those who are in need.

Si Joma, bago tayo mabalitang Joma na naman, mapeke ng nangyari sa coma mo, nasa kama lang pala, ikaw na lang ang umuwi dito. Pacheck-up kayo sabay (To Joma, before we fall victim to fake news again, just come home. Have a checkup with the President),” he said.

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