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Bong Go’s ‘no go’ in 2019 similar to Duterte’s stance in 2015

Mobile users report having received a message from an 11-digit mobile number asking Filipinos in a "non-commissioned survey" if they would vote for Bong Go, Duterte's trusty aide......»»

Category: newsSource: interaksyon interaksyonJul 18th, 2018

Bong Go guns for Senate seat, files CoC

SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go launched his bid for the Senate in the 2019 midterm elections by filing his certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila Monday afternoon. President Rodrigo Duterte accompanied Go in filing his CoC and raised the latter’s hand before the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News17 hr. 14 min. ago

Bong Go files COC, seeks Senate seat in 2019 polls

Accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte and some Cabinet members, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go finally on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy for senator in time for next year’s midterm polls. Source link link: Bong Go files COC, seeks Senate seat in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News20 hr. 2 min. ago

Sal Panelo is Duterte s new spokesman

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo will formally speak for President Rodrigo Duterte, replacing Harry Roque who is mulling running in 2019. Presidential aide Bong Go said Panelo's appointment is effective "today," Thursday, October 11. This comes two days after Duterte had announced he wanted ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Duterte says 6 leaving Cabinet to run in 2019 elections

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday night that at least six Cabinet members would run in the May elections next year and would have to be replaced. Among them were Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. Speaking to reporters, the President said the others included Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, political adviser Francis Tolentino, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones and Technical Education Skills and Development Authority head Guiling Mamondiong. On Roque, the President said the spokesperson "said he will resign" so "I said go ahead." Representative "Then I immediately chose a replacement bu...Keep on reading: Duterte says 6 leaving Cabinet to run in 2019 elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Bong Go wants to run for senator – Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – After months of playing coy about his 2019 plans, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has now decided to run for senator. This was announced by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, September 7, during an event ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Jordan to deliver helicopters to PH by July 2019

MANILA, Philippines – During Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Jordan, the Jordan government promised to deliver two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines by July 2019. This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go on Thursday, September 6, as Duterte met with King Abdullah ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Go slams ex-President Aquino’s remarks vs Duterte

DAVAO CITY --- Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go slammed Thursday remarks made by former President Benigno Aquino III on President Duterte's health condition, including Aquino's promise to actively participate in the campaign for the opposition slate in the 2019 midterm elections. "Let's just let the people judge for themselves. I think you will feel it," Go said through a local radio station. "Walk on the streets, see if your children are safe, if there are improvements. We don't need to boast about the accomplishments of the Duterte administration. Let the people judge," Go added. Earlier, former President Aquino vowed to help in the campaign of a ...Keep on reading: Go slams ex-President Aquino’s remarks vs Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Sara Duterte’s party endorses Bong Go, 8 others as senatorial bets

  DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s regional party “Hugpong ng Pagbabago (Alliance for Change) on Friday endorsed at least nine senatorial candidates in the upcoming 2019 elections. Duterte-Carpio, who chairs the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, made the announcement during the regional party’s gathering in Davao City. Sara Duterte Duterte endorsed: Special Assistant to the President Christopher … link: Sara Duterte’s party endorses Bong Go, 8 others as senatorial bets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Sara, Go, Nograles among possible bets

PDP-Laban President and Senator Koko Pimentel submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday the party’s senatorial list for the 2019 Midterm Elections which includes presidential daughter Mayor Sara Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. The party actually has a surplus of possible candidates with 24 personalities on the… Source link link: Sara, Go, Nograles among possible bets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Sara, Go, Nograles among possible bets

PDP-Laban President and Senator Koko Pimentel submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday the party’s senatorial list for the 2019 Midterm Elections which includes presidential daughter Mayor Sara Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. The party actually has a surplus of possible candidates with 24 personalities on the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Sara Duterte’s party to back Dela Rosa, Bong Go, JV Ejercito in 2019

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The regional party formed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will endorse 3 known allies of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, if they decide to gun for the Senate next year. Duterte-Carpio named Bureau of Corrections chief   Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa , Special Assistant to the President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Bong Go: I won’t run for Senate

President Rodrigo Duterte's most trusted aide seems to be following in his boss' footsteps. Like President Rodrigo Duterte, who played coy for months before announcing his decision to seek the highest post in the land in the 2016 elections, Christopher "Bong" Go over the weekend took to social media to reiterate that he had no plans of running for senator in the 2019 midterm elections. Go, the special assistant to the President, made the remarks a day after the President teased an audience of newly elected barangay officials that Go wanted a seat in the Senate. In a Facebook post, Go said he simply wanted to do his job, which was to follow his boss' orders. "Do not worry, as ...Keep on reading: Bong Go: I won’t run for Senate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Brighter days seem to be in store for Knicks, new coach Fizdale

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst There was only one job that made sense for David Fizdale. Despite all the openings for which he interviewed, his pedigree and background -- and, let’s be honest, ambition -- made one gig stand out above the others. And it’s the one he got, with the New York Knicks. New York agreed to a four-year deal with Fizdale last week, a correct pairing of young coach and franchise that is trying to build back up the right way, with an emphasis on defense and conditioning that is right up Fizdale’s alley. No matter the occasional oddity created by working for Jim Dolan, he is an owner who has been willing to spend money when asked, and his team is in the top media market on earth. When you win there, they have parades for you in the Canyon of Heroes, and you almost always wind up in your particular sport’s Hall of Fame. You can’t not take the shot. The Knicks believe they’re in a place where the things Fizdale did in Miami and what he took to Memphis -- his philosophy of culture-building, team-building, discipline and how he connects to players -- were a good fit for where they are as a franchise. Among the 11 candidates the Knicks interviewed for the job, several had more head coaching experience than Fizdale -- whose tenure in Memphis lasted exactly 101 regular season games and six playoff games. But Fizdale checked the most boxes, and at 43, the Knicks are betting he has a lot of growing and improving to do, just as the team does. The Knicks, of course, looked into just why the Grizzlies fired Fizdale so abruptly last season, after just 19 games. Team president Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry didn’t just get started in the league last week; they know a lot of people. The chatter around the league was that Memphis chose star center Marc Gasol over Fizdale after the two clashed during the coach’s season-plus there. As I wrote just after Fizdale was fired, the deterioration in their relationship reached the point of no return when Fizdale went after Gasol hard in a film session, basically dismissing the importance of Gasol’s accomplishments overseas, including as a member of the Spanish national team. That that rankled Gasol to no end should have been no surprise to anyone paying attention. The Spanish team’s international triumphs are a point of considerable and understandable pride for both Marc Gasol and his brother, Pau. They helped lead Spain to the greatest era of basketball accomplishment in that country’s history, including a 2006 gold medal at what was then called the FIBA World Championships. Fizdale tried to fix things with Gasol, even flying to Europe after the season to try and make it right. But Gasol was close with majority owner Robert Pera; Fizdale wasn’t. That closed off a potential area of outreach between the two. Gasol had no interest in rapprochement, a stance that Grizzlies players made clear to Fizdale throughout the season. (Caught most in the middle, per league sources, was Grizzlies veteran point guard Mike Conley, Jr., who did and does have strong relationships with both men.) But, importantly, in his discussions with the Knicks, Fizdale took responsibility for his failures with Gasol. He didn’t blame Gasol or anyone else. As one of his chief calling cards is connecting with players, and not finding common ground with Gasol was an L he has to take. “He knew where he messed up and what he’d try to let it never happen again,” said a source who’s spoken with Fizdale since his firing. But, equally importantly, just because Fizdale couldn’t make it work with Gasol doesn’t mean he’s doomed to a similar outcome with All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 22-year-old’s relationship with the Knicks has been scrutinized within an inch of its life the last couple of years. The toxicity level reached under former president Phil Jackson has abated some, but Porzingis and the team still have some navigation to do -- a trip that is blurred as Porzingis continues rehabbing and recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in February. (Porzingis’s brother, Janis, who serves as his agent, politely declined comment on the Fizdale hire via text Saturday, though the Knicks were in contact with Janis Porzingis during the coaching search.) Porzingis’s injury keeps the Knicks in flux, a position it seems they’ve been in most years since the Nixon administration. He is a potential superstar -- “potential” is used quite deliberately here, as “The Unicorn’s” stans on social media have made a very talented offensive player into something that he is not, at least not yet -- a transcendent player. But, assuming Porzingis ultimately makes a full and healthy return, New York has a terrific building block around which to build. And, they have a chance to really get in the game in the summer of 2019. First, they’ll have to resolve Joakim Noah’s status -- he has two years and roughly $38 million left on his current deal. It’s likely the Knicks will stretch him and the only question is whether that happens before or after next season. If it’s the former, the Knicks can spread the remainder of his salary across five seasons; if the latter, three seasons. Nothing is certain, but it would be surprising to see Noah still in New York by the start of camp. Why saddle a new coach with an old problem? That would leave the Knicks with more flexibility going into ’19, which is when Perry has said he’d like New York to be ready to pounce in free agency -- and when the likes of Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard (player option) and Jimmy Butler (player option) can be free agents. But until that bridge year, Fizdale will have to max out the existing roster. Charitably, there’s not a lot there at present that’s proven and has led to much winning anywhere. The Knicks will need to be lucky in next week’s Lottery -- preferably, getting a high enough pick to land one of the elite big men that should be among the top four or five picks in the Draft. If that doesn’t happen, the hope in New York is that until the roster improves, Fizdale can develop the talents of the Knicks’ trio of guards -- Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway, Jr. -- in which New York has invested Draft and literal treasure the last couple of seasons. (It will help that Fizdale’s relationship with Hardaway, Jr., goes back to when the latter was a kid and his father, the master of the killer crossover, worked in the Heat organization after Tim Hardaway Sr.’s playing days ended.) The additional hope is that Fizdale will get Ntilikina in elite shape while honing his competitive edge, and that a full season under Fizdale will let the Knicks know once and for all if Mudiay can be a significant contributor. Fizdale will also have to adjust his nomenclature. Last week’s story in the New York Daily News correctly identified Fizdale’s consistent referencing “the Miami Way” as shorthand for how he wanted to do things in Memphis alienated Grizzlies people who were -- again, justifiably -- proud of the “Grit-n’Grind” era that produced seven straight playoff appearances before this season’s 22-60 crater. And, he’ll have to be prepared to be, perhaps, the biggest face of the franchise, in a city whose media is dogged and nonplussed and will often go off cockeyed in a crazy, incorrect direction. But its influence should never be underestimated. Fizdale is from Los Angeles, and he has a great way with most. And it didn’t hurt him to work some for ESPN while he was between jobs. But he’ll have to learn the media landscape in New York quickly -- who to befriend, who to be wary of, who he can trust and who he cannot. (Also: I’m sure the Knicks pointed out to him that while he had several causes which were near and dear to him in Memphis, from advocating the removal of Confederate statues in the city to lending his name to other civic causes, he needs to win games in Gotham first.) At base, the Knicks will want to see players throughout the roster held accountable, and charged to compete on a nightly basis. There was not enough of either last season under coach Jeff Hornacek -- who, in fairness, didn’t have all that much time to put his stamp on what was a poor roster. Fizdale will get more time. The Knicks’ roster will look a lot different in two years than it does now. Fizdale will have to be a lot different coach than he was in Memphis, as well. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Sotto bares initial list of Senate bets NPC will endorse in 2019

      Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito' Sotto III bared on Thursday the initial list of possible senatorial candidates the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) would be endorsing in 2019.   Sotto said the list includes incumbent senators Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, and former Senator and now Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano.   Senate President Aqulino "Koko" Pimentel III, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, were also part of the list.   Asked about Senator JV Ejercito and his half-brother, former Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, ...Keep on reading: Sotto bares initial list of Senate bets NPC will endorse in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Bong Go says he won’t run for senator in 2019

BULUAN, Maguindanao --- Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Wednesday said he would not run in the 2019 midterm elections despite being openly endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte to run for the Senate. Go told reporters he did not have money to spend for a campaign and that he still had a job with the President. "I don't want to talk about it because it's too early to discuss politics," he said. "First, I am not ready -- not ready because I am not a politician." He said he had thanked Duterte for the endorsement. Go, who has been dubbed as the "Selfie King" for his selfies with ranking officials and world leaders, had repeatedly thumbed ...Keep on reading: Bong Go says he won’t run for senator in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Mocha, Freddie Aguilar and Bong Go: Here are PDP-Laban s possible Senate bets in 2019

The administration PDP-Laban party is considering folk singer Freddie Aguilar, a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, as a senatorial candidate in the 2019 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Rumored PDP-Laban senatorial bets show up at Duterte meeting with Pinoys in HK

      It seemed like it was a preview of a campaign rally in 2019 as rumored "senatoriables" appeared during the meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte with the Filipino community in Hong Kong.       Before addressing around 2,000 overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) there, Duterte introduced key personalities who might join the Senate race.       The President introduced his trusted aide, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, as his "favorite senator."       His remarks drew cheers from the crowd as OFWs were seen waving banners with the statement saying "Go Na Yan." ...Keep on reading: Rumored PDP-Laban senatorial bets show up at Duterte meeting with Pinoys in HK.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Duterte confident Bong Go has ‘huge chance’ in Senate bid

President Rodrigo R. Duterte expressed high hopes that his top aide, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, would win in the senatorial race in the 2019 midterm elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Bong Go on running for senator: “started as a joke but…”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 March) — Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go declared on February 7 that he was not running for a Senate seat in the 2019 mid-term elections, that President Rodrigo Duterte was just joking and that he was committed to “stand beside him (Duterte) ’til kingdom come.” “Joke […] The post Bong Go on running for senator: “started as a joke but…” appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018