BY ROGER M. BALANZA
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.