This is how former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go describe Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano for peddling fake news against him.
“Hindi po alimango ang utak ko (Unlike Alejano, I do not have a crab mentality),” senatorial candidate Go said in reaction to the accusation of Alejano that Go violated election laws during a gathering of village chiefs. Alimango (crab), is a popular disparaging byword heaped by critics on Alejano. Go, whose Senate bid in the May 13 mid-term election is backed by President Duterte, is in the line-up of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bayan (PDP/Laban). Go is also in the roster of senatorial candidates of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP), a Davao regional political party organized by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Alejano, a vocal critic of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, is gunning for a Senate seat under the banner of the Otso Diretso Team of the opposition Liberal Party (LP). Earlier, Alejano in a press statement alleged that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) authorized barangay officials to spend government funds for campaign materials with Go’s name that were distributed during the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas National Assembly held in Manila on February 25-27. “Wala po akong idea (about that). Tanungin na lang po nila ang organizers,” Go said Tuesday in an interview when asked about Alejano’s allegation. Go said he is not foolish to commit the alleged election offense. “Nag-iisip po ako at hindi po tayo bobo.” Go admits that there are many groups and individuals supporting his Senate bid who use his logo or pictures in their campaign materials without his consent. “Pakiusap ko po sa lahat na huwag niyo gamitin ang pangalan ko without my knowledge and consent,” he said. “Dini-discourage ko po ang lahat. Huwag na lang po kayong maglagay ng tarpaulin o kahit anong campaign materials ko. Iyang ginagastos ninyo sa pangangampanya, itulong nalang natin sa mga taong nangangailangan,” Go said. Go assured the public that no government funds would be used in his senatorial campaign. “Huwag kayong mag-alala hindi ako gumagamit ng government funds. Maraming Pilipino na gustong tumulong dahil naniniwala sila sa amin ng Pangulo,” said Go, who was the top aide for two decades when the President served as Davao City mayor.