MANILA - Senator Bong Go on Wednesday said his son, who earned the third-highest score in the recent Certified Public Accountant licensure examinations, declined an offer to work under Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.
Christian Lawrence Go, who graduated from the De La Salle University - Manila, got 89.50 percent and ranked third of 2,075 who passed the CPA board exam.
Dominguez, an established hotelier and businessman prior to his stint in the Duterte Cabinet, offered to train the younger Go as an intern, the senator said.
"Yang batang yan matigas ulo, ayaw makinig sa akin... Sabi ko dun ka magtrabaho... Ngayon ayaw pa rin. Gusto niya mag-OJT (on the job training) sa iba. Ayaw niya sa gobyerno. Private lang gusto niya," he said.
Lavish gifts from his son's godfather, Davao City Rep. Paolo "Pulong" Duterte, were also turned down, the senator said.
"Inaanak ni Cong Pulong 'yun. Gusto nga bigyan ng regalo, sabi ko wag di sanay sa regalo 'yun," he said.
"Pinadalhan niya na lang ballpen," he said.
Go said his eldest son - who received the highest honors both in elementary and high school - has always been studious and goal-oriented, to the point that he was still willing to come to class even when he has a fever.
"Doon lang ako nakakita ng estudyanteng umiiyak dahil gusto pumasok," he said.
"Siya puro aral... walang pinagmanahan. Hindi ako ganun noon," the lawmaker said in jest.
"Nagtampo pa nga ako dun kasi isang beses, binisita ko, nag-aaral. Sabi ko, 'Anak sandali usap muna tayo... nami-miss na kita. Alam mo sinabihan ako, 'Dad, hindi ka pa ba aalis dito? Istorbo ka mag-aaral pa ako,'" Go said.
"Umalis ako. For 2 months hindi kami nag-usap dahil sumama yung loob ko. Siguro nakita rin natin yung resulta dahil talagang dedicated siya sa kaniyang pag-aaral," he said.
The younger Go plans to pursue a law degree after completing his internship program in a private firm.
Go said he hopes his son would be more successful in the future, but reminded the young accountant to take it easy.