Popular TV host and actress Kris Aquino is willing to campaign for Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go if he decides to run for senator in the 2019 mid-term elections.
Aquino mentioned this in her text message to Go while conveying her dismay at Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson’s post on social media criticizing the actress’ father, the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.
“You know I will even campaign for you because I believe in you, but why leave the President? Why leave Malacanang? Maybe a snake will take your position,” Kris told Go in a text message on June 5 while he and his boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, were on a plane bound for Manila from Seoul, South Korea.
The youngest sister of former President Benigno Aquino III said she considers Go as her friend.
“We have been friends and my heart wants to believe you still have a soft spot for me. I will understand if you snub me because who am I anyway, but my heart was hurt by what Mocha did,” Aquino said in her message to Go, which the presidential aide read out in a press conference on June 6 (Wednesday).
In response, Go thanked the former Presidential sister for the support but thumbed down the idea of running for the Senate, amid growing clamor for him to run.
“Ma’am Kris I’m not a candidate but thank you so much for your trust and your faith to President Duterte,” Go replied to Aquino.
Go said Duterte has instructed him to apologize to Kris Aquino for Uson’s post comparing the late senator being kissed by two women to President Rodrigo Duterte who kissed a Filipina on the lips in a recent gathering of Filipino community in Seoul, South Korea.
He said Uson also agreed to apologize to Aquino, whose mother, Cory Aquino, served as the country’s first president from 1986 to 1992.
Meanwhile, Go explained that there was no malice in the President’s gesture to solicit a kiss from one of two women whom he called on stage to receive copies of a book after giving a long speech to over 2,000 Filipinos.
“The President has high respect to women,” Go, Duterte’s most trusted aide since he was mayor of Davao City, said.
In a press conference after he arrived from a fruitful trip to South Korea, Duterte explained that he never felt “any sensation” when he kissed a certain Bea Kim, a married Filipina to a Korean.
“We enjoyed it. I was a showbiz and everybody enjoyed it. Asking for malice, I do not do it in public if there is malice,” Duterte said in a media interview.
“I never felt any sensation if that is what you mean. I can only generate an emotion if a kiss a woman I love. Any other stranger is pure showbiz,” the President added. PNA