Bong Go: No government funds being used for Senate bid

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2019 08:17 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2019 09:27 PM

Then still Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go is sworn in as a new member of administration coalition Hugpong ng Pagbabago at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, August 17, 2018. Handout

MANILA - Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go on Tuesday denied that he was using state resources in his senatorial bid, even as he refused to reveal his major campaign donors.

Go told reporters he would be upfront about his campaign expenses when he files his statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE).

”It will be declared naman. Magiging transparent po lahat iyan, may SOCE naman tayo,” Go told reporters in a chance interview in Pampanga. 

(It will be declared. Everything will be transparent, we have the SOCE.)

“Ni piso wala pong government funds na gagamitin. Noon pa sinabi pa namin 'yan. I’ll resign kung may piso na ginamit na government funds. Kung may ginamit na government funds huwag niyo po akong iboto.”

(Not a single peso of government funds was used. We've said this before. I'll resign if there was a peso of government funds used (in my campaign). If there is, don't vote for me.)

Go's senate bid has drawn criticism over his close association with President Rodrigo Duterte, who has access to the state's funds and other resources.

The former presidential aide has been spearheading the launch of so-called Malasakit Centers around the country, a one-stop shop for the poor who need medical aide and other social interventions.

Meanwhile, Go said he had nothing to do with numerous billboards and posters featuring him that have sprouted across the country, as the poll body warned of sanctions against candidates found to have violated campaign rules.

Go said he and the President have many supporters who put up posters and billboards for his Senate bid.

“Napakarami pong mga supporters namin ni Pangulong Duterte na sila ang kusang naglagay. Nakikiusap ako, nananawagan ako, na pakitanggal ang mga billboards, mga posters,” Go said. 

(The President and I have many supporters who took the initiative to put those up. I am pleading to them, calling on them to remove the billboards, the posters.)

“Kung gusto niyo akong tulungan, huwag niyo nang ilagay yung mga billboards na iyan. Ibili niyo na lang ng mga plywoods para sa mga nasunugan.”

(If you want to help me, don't put up those billboards. Just used the money to buy plywood to be given to fire victims.)

The Commission on Elections earlier warned that candidates with illegal posters may still be held accountable even if they claim that these were put up without their approval.