Public appearances are for Duterte, Go says

DIGOS CITY – Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go said his public appearances were not aimed at boosting his personality or chances at any elective position.

Go, who graced the groundbreaking for the P170-million new city hall building here on Thursday, said he was only representing President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I am not interested in running for (senator). For those who have started calling me senator, please, you can call me janitor because my job is all around,” Go said.

He said when not representing Duterte in public functions, he acts as trouble shooter and “bridge” for those trying to reach the President for any concern.

“That’s my job since I started working for (Duterte) even when he was still mayor,” he said in a speech delivered in a mixture of Visayan, Filipino and English. “My job is to help, to follow up your requests to the President.”

Go added that he works without politics.

“But there are some who are jealous like Trillanes,” he said, referring to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Go said Trillanes had been criticizing him for his public appearances, without realizing that he was only representing the President.

“I was invited to Boracay by (Labor Secretary Silvestre) Bello and (Environment Secretary Roy) Cimatu. I accepted it so I can see the progress of Boracay’s rehabilitation and report it to the President,” he said.

Go said he did not participate in the distribution of cash cards to the beneficiaries of the government aid during his visit there because he did not want the event to be politicized.

As to the distribution of some goods to residents, he said it was from the private sector.

“Those were given by the private sector, not from me,” Go added. (PNA)

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