Timesman | Go, Bong Go!

The die-hard supporters of Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go that launched the Bayan 4 Bong Go (B4BG) movement last week urging him to run for a Senate seat may not be aware that the election for the national positions is more than a year away.
The group wanted Go to run because of his good performance in helping the President in running the affairs of the government.
While their intention may be good, some observers might think that campaign funds are their primordial consideration as Bong is an administration boy and as the saying goes: “The early bird catches the worm.” The earlier the better for the movement to save more funding.
Bong is not a politician, although he has been exposed to politics for years being a special assistant to then mayor and now President Duterte.
I know Bong since he was still in kindergarden. I often saw him in the company of his mom Marichu every time she dropped by Tesoro Printing Press being a Tesoro herself. Marichu is the eldest daughter of the late Aida Aranas and August Tesoro who happened to be a good friend of mine.
Bong is mahiyain, a man of few words. You can’t expect him to start a conversation. Although he was considered then the “little mayor” when city hall documents had to pass by his table before reaching the office of the mayor, his powerful position never made Bong hambog and abusado unlike some politicians.
And even when Bong has already been in Malacanang enjoying the same trust and confidence of the President, he has remained humble and approachable at hindi pa rin lumaki ang ulo. Again, unlike some politicians!
If Bong’s being mabait at masipag are the barometer that resulted in the forming of the B4BG that has since endorsed his candidacy, then the group is in the right direction.
But for endorsing Bong to run at this early, their intention is suspect.
Bong is right when he said: “Bigyan niyo lang ako ng konting panahon, trabaho po muna ako ngayon. Marami pa akong dapat gawin na trabaho. Sana maintindihan niyo ako.”
Sana maintindihan ka nga nila, Bong!
President Duterte’s warning to arrest an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor if she conducts any probe in the country should not be taken lightly.
Our President is not joking. Pag sinabi niyan, tiyak gagawin niya!
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has become the latest target of President Duterte after the official announced in February the start of the preliminary examination into a complaint of a Filipino lawyer accusing the President and other top administration officials of crimes against humanity and of killing criminals as a policy.
President Duterte said earlier that the Philippines was no longer a member after he withdrew from the ICC’s Rome Statute two months ago and the court had no more right to do any investigating.
Anyway, ICC Prosecutor Bensouda is still beyond reach by our President being not in the country yet.
But in case Bensouda ignores President Duterte’s threat and comes to the Philippines, she might suffer the same fate as that of Sen. Leila de Lima, who has been in jail for illegal drugs charges.
So, a Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse fight is scheduled in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on July 15.
At 40, Pacquiao is no longer young to be in the ring. He may not have the strength and speed when he won eight belts for the same number of weight classes.
The Argentine welterweight champion, Matthysse, is 36 and at this age, he might still be at the peak of his career with 39 wins (36 by knockout) against only four losses.
Pacquiao should not take it easy and must not be complacent to avoid being the 40th victim of the Argentinean!
Don’t worry fanatics of the Filipino icon, this time I will bet for your idol. Pilipino rin ako, hindi ba?

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