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[OPINION] Can Balik-Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa help stranded Filipinos?

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Michelle Silvertino's body, which was buried in a shallow grave, was one of the many casualties, not of COVID-19, but of the pandemic that is our government'

Bong Go's Balik Probinsya trips suspended

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The senator's pet project hits a roadblock as the government decides to prioritize the return of stranded OFWs, students, tourists, and workers

Refusing to be questioned, Go tells Drilon: 'I'm not your student'

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:14 PM

'It depends on the issue, Mr President, if I’m willing to be interpellated. It's my privilege,' says Senator Bong Go as he refuses to take questions on his privilege speech

NO QUESTIONS. Senator Bong Go did not entertain questions on his privilege speech on the delayed release of compensation to health workers infected with coronavirus. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Harry Roque now Bong Go's mouthpiece too?

May 28, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman defends Senator Bong Go in reaction to a Rappler article about how the Duterte aide benefits from state media coronavirus coverage

Bong Go regularly given airtime in state media broadcasts on coronavirus

May 27, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The longtime Duterte aide, criticized for being 'epal,' is featured in almost every episode of Laging Handa PH, a public briefing supposed to be dedicated to COVID-19

[OPINION] Balik Marawi, bago balik probinsiya

May 23, 2020 - 1:30 PM

What alarms residents is the threat of competition from the administration's current pet project called Balik-Probinsiya

As country battles pandemic, Duterte adopts Bong Go's new pet project

May 07, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The President issues an order institutionalizing Go's Balik Probinsya project after he and other officials promote it in public addresses mainly about the coronavirus

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Malacañang photo

FALSE: Photo of Duterte doing the rounds during coronavirus pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:59 PM

The photo was taken when the President visited Marawi City in August 2017 during the months-long siege there

Duterte to decide Luzon lockdown fate on April 23

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:21 PM

This is according to his former aide, Senator Bong Go, who says the President is studying a partial lifting of the lockdown

LOCKDOWN. Policemen check on motorists crossing a community quarantine checkpoint along Marcos Highway in Cainta, Rizal. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Bong Go distributes aid to large crowd in Butuan City despite coronavirus threat

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The presidential aide-turned-politician says the fire victims were not crowding because of him, but because the evacuation center itself was already crowded

Duterte to get tested for coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Senator Bong Go says President Rodrigo Duterte will get tested as a 'precautionary measure'

TEST. President Rodrigo Duterte confers with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacañang palace on March 9, 2020. Photo by Robinson Niã‘al Jr/Presidential Photo

FALSE: Bong Go 'quote' on 'giving' civil service eligibility to Chinese workers

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:01 PM

It is far from the senator's recent actual advice to government workers who were 'whining' over low pay

Newbie senator Bong Go thinks Drilon's ABS-CBN reso reeks of politicking

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a 4-time Senate president

POLITICS? In this file photo, Senator Bong Go listens as Senator Franklin Drilon asks him questions. November 6, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The significance of February 25, 1986

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Once before we rejected a dictator

Bong Go: It's those anti-Duterte ads on ABS-CBN that got the boss’ goat

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katigbak says 'sorry if we offended the President'

HURT. Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says the President was hurt over the anti-Duterte campaign ads aired by ABS-CBN in 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In Taguig, Bong Go thanks Cayetanos for loyalty to Duterte

Jan 08, 2020 - 4:47 PM

Senator Bong Go and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano shower each other with compliments during the opening of a Malasakit Center in Taguig, the Speaker's bailiwick

DUTERTE ALLIES. Senator Bong Go (center) and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano talks to each other as the latter's wife, Taguig City-Pateros 2nd District Representative Lani Cayetano, look on. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte signs Go's Malasakit Center law in Malacañang ceremony

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The Palace rolls out the red carpet for the signing into law of a pet measure of President Rodrigo Duterte's closest aide, Senator Bong Go

Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President announces during the unveiling of the Malasakit Center at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Iloilo City on June 20, 2018 that the Malasakit Center will serve as a one-stop shop that will make services from various government agencies more accessible. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

Bong Go: SEA Games organizers to be 'answerable' for 'inefficiencies'

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:10 PM

'Ang sabi nila dati, almost ready and complete na.... Bakit nangyari ang mga ganito?' says Senator Bong Go, hitting the SEA Games organizers, who are led by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

BONG GO. The senator and trusted aide of President Rodrigo Duterte says he will investigate inefficiencies in the Philippines' hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Ang higanteng face palm na SEA Games 2019

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:24 AM

We step into the big league and our officials are behaving as if this is a barangay tournament

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Sotto calls for halt in implant contraceptive funding for 2020

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III questions the ruling of the Food and Drug Administration that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacient

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

3 years on, Bong Go still wrongly thinks CHR 'protects' only criminals

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they are mandated to remind the government to punish criminals 'in accordance with the rule of law'

BONG GO. Senator Bong Go interpellates the 2020 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and directly questions CHR chairman Chito Gascon on November 18, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House passes bill requiring gov't hospitals to put up Malasakit Centers

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Only opposition congressman Edcel Lagman votes against the Malasakit Centers measure, which he says is a 'copycat' of the Senate version

MALASAKIT CENTER. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on February 12, 2018, File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

Lagman claims Bong Go pressuring House to railroad Malasakit Center bill

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the House plenary did not have quorum when it passed the Malasakit Center bill on 2nd reading

OPPOSITION. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman continues to oppose the bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers nationwide. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators won't adopt House version of P4.1-T budget for 2020

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson floats the idea to stop congressmen from introducing further amendments during the bicameral conference committee

NOT ADOPTING. Senators held a caucus to discuss proposal whether the chamber will adopt the House version of the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex 'on track' for 2019 SEA Games

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The sprawling 9,500-hectare development includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes' village

ATHLETIC STADIUM. The track and field oval of the athletic stadium at the New Clark City Sports Complex, one of the venues for the 30th SEA Games. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Bong Go is the 'first Chinese-Filipino who became senator'

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:57 PM

There are at least 5 other Filipinos of Chinese descent who have become members of the Senate

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In hearing led by Bong Go, OP 2020 budget approved in minutes

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Only Duterte-allied senators – Bong Go, Ronald dela Rosa, and Francis Tolentino – attend the budget hearings for the Office of the President and Presidential Management Staff

Senator Bong Go preaides over the budget hearing of the Office of the President. September 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Imelda Marcos asked Duterte to grant Sanchez executive clemency

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In 2017, then-Ilocos Norte congresswoman Imelda Marcos wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte, recommending the grant of executive clemency to rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez

CONVICTED OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos at the House Plenary on Thursday, September 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bong Go says 'heads will roll' in Sanchez release controversy

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'Ibig sabihin ni Pangulong Duterte, managot ang dapat managot, including the top to bottom [officials],' says the senator

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing with Superintendent Maria Fe Marquez (right), who signed the release order of the 3 convicts in the 1997 Chiong sisters murder case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lagman hits 'ballistic' Bong Go: I didn't even name you

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'Paucity of merit and reason cannot be concealed by unparliamentary language and malevolent innuendoes,' says Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman

CLAP BACK. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman responds to Senator Bong Go's privilege speech against him. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Asked to explain Malasakit Centers, Bong Go ridicules Lagman’s looks instead

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:12 PM

After Albay congressman calls the Malasakit Centers a 'partisan tool,' the senator says Lagman's face is 'beyond repair' even by the one-stop shop for government services

FIRST PRIVILEGE SPEECH. Senator Christopher Lawrence 'Bong'€ Go gives his first privilege speech regarding his project €œMalasakit Centers€ at the plenary session at the senate on August 27, 2019 and lambasted Congressman Edcel Lagman'€™s comment questioning the project. Photo by Angie de Slva/Rappler

Bong Go: Duterte 'blocked' release of rape-slay convict Sanchez

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Sa tignin niyo papayag si Pangulong Duterte na may backer sa ganung krimen? Heinous crimes? Definitely, wala pong sinasabing backer,' says Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Why is PCSO supporting ‘partisan tool’ Malasakit Centers? – Lagman

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The House appropriations committee asks for PCSO's legal basis for supporting Malasakit Centers, a pet project of Senator Bong Go. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says he has received complaints about Bicol Malasakit Centers.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go attended on Monday the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, providing better access to cheap and quality healthcare among residents in dire need of government assistance. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go's Office

LOOK: Senators take a sip of alcopops during alcohol tax hearing

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Alcopops have an alcohol content of 7%, yet they're packaged like a juice drink for children. A senator says the packaging needs to change.

Even as senator, Bong Go still Duterte's constant companion

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bong Go goes with the President to post-earthquake inspections and meetings with beauty queens. How is this affecting his role as senator?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the Miss Earth Philippines 2019 winners who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Don't believe a scammer': Bam Aquino denies hiring 'blogger' to discredit Bong Go

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Puwede ba tigilan niya ako sa mga kalokohan niya?' former senator Antonio Trillanes IV tells Senator Bong Go, who also accused him of a 'conspiracy' against administration bets in the May polls based on the say-so of an alleged scammer

BELIEVE A SCAMMER? Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV belies a scammer's claim that he hired him to conduct a social media 'demolition job' against Senator Bong Go. File  photo

Bong Go takes over PNP briefing, reveals new conspiracy vs opposition

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:36 PM

In a Camp Crame briefing, Senator Bong Go alleges a new conspiracy by opposition personalities to smear the reputation of the administration's 2019 election candidates

TAKEOVER. Senator Bong Go accuses opposition figures of paying an alleged scammer to smear the names of administration senatorial bets during the 2019 elections. PNP screenshot

Police arrest scammers targeting senators, congressmen

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Senator Bong Go claims the suspects also tried to get money from him, but he immediately recognized it as a scam

ARRESTED. The alleged scammers are presented in Camp Crame, violating the police's own rule against trial by publicity. PNP screenshot

Trillanes: Duterte admitted to 'plunder' in frigates deal in SONA

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'These acts made the contract grossly disadvantageous to our government and left the Philippine Navy with an expensive platform with limited capabilities,' says former senator Antonio Trillanes IV of President Duterte's admission of he and then aide Bong Go's invovlement in the deal

PLUNDER? Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to plunder on the frigates deal.  File photo from Senate PRIB

Still special: Duterte highlights Bong Go, his pet bills in SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promotes the pet bills of his trusted aide Bong Go – a treatment he does not give to any other lawmaker during his July 22 speech

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives some advice to Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Even as senator, Bong Go to still 'assist' Duterte

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Kung wala namang magiging conflict sa ating oras as a senator ay sasamahan ko pa rin po si Pangulo,' says the former special assistant of President Duterte

NOW SENATOR. Former special assistant to the President and now Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says he will still be by the President's side when he has time. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Here are the biggest campaign contributors to 2019’s winning senators

Jul 20, 2019 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) Businessmen, friends, family, and political parties bankroll the campaigns of the 12 winning senators in the 2019 midterm elections

NEW. Winning senators proclaimed on Wednesday, May 22. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P5.7M in donations go to Bong Go ‘social media boosting’ for 2019 polls

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Three persons made the ‘in kind’ contributions, according to the senator-elect’s Statement of Contributions and Expenditure

Go buckles down to work: Neophyte Senator Christopher “Bong” Go shows the copy of the summary of the first batch of the bills he filed at the Senate Tuesday. This includes the imposition of death penalty through lethal injection for illegal drug cases and plunder. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/July 2, 2019).

Bong Go, Dan Fernandez are now part of MMFF ExeCom

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:02 PM

The two attended the MFFF press briefing announcing the first 4 entries to the festival's 2019 run

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Bong Go and Dan Fernandez are now part of the Metro Manila Film Festival's ExeCom. Photo from

Pacquiao, Bong Go file bills on death penalty for illegal drugs cases

Jul 02, 2019 - 5:27 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go says he included plunder in his version of the death penalty bill because President Rodrigo Duterte is 'desperate' to end corruption

DEATH PENALTY. Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go files his own version of the bill reinstating death penalty. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Pro-Duterte senators-elect take oath in Malacañang

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

In two separate ceremonies, 8 Duterte-allied senators take their oath before the Chief Executive in the presence of their family and supporters

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go during the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Davao boys to push for death penalty in Senate

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:37 PM

'Marami tayong kakampi diyan. Ngayon, tulungan na kami,' says incoming Senator Ronald dela Rosa on the prospects of passing a law reimposing death penalty

DAVAO BOYS. Senators-elect Christopher Go and Ronald dela Rosa talks to reporters on their 'first day of school' as they attended the orientation on the inner workings of the institution. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LOOK: Senate newbies attend 'first day of school'

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The Senate neophytes receive briefings on the inner workings of the institution

NEW SENATORS. Senators-elect Imee Marcos, Ronald dela Rosa, Christopher Go, and Francis Tolentino attend the orientation on June 25, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler