August 20,2018 — As he had promised, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go today showed a photo of himself with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to show that the leader of the nation is strong and in “tip-top” condition.
“To: JOMA , not COMA but Bong GO-ma. Regards – From: Tatay digong and Kuya Bong GO,” Go said in a Facebook post of him with the President at around 9 p.m. on August 20.
The photo showing Duterte and Go making the trademark “fist” has now gone viral, with more than 500 shares a mere half hour after it was posted.
Go was reacting to a claim made by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison that the President is ill and had gone into a coma since Sunday, August 19.
Sison had also claimed those who saw Duterte on Sunday noticed that his gait and handshake were unstable and that the “darkness” of his face had become “aggravated.”
Go, however, debunked Sison’s allegations. “Napakalakas ng ating Pangulo. Nag-usap pa nga kami kaninang madaling araw, ng isang oras, from 1 AM to 2 AM. He is in tip-top condition, at masayahin ang aming naging kwentuhan. At marami siyang bilin sa aking directives o trabaho.” Go said in an earlier interview.
(Our President is very strong. In fact we were talking past midnight, for about an hour from 1 AM to 2 AM. He is in tip-top condition, and our conversation was lively. He even gave me a lot of directives regarding work.)
He also joked that Sison, who is better known as Joma, may have been thinking of himself but mixed up the letters C and J and ended up with “coma.”
“Marahil po si Ginoong Joma ay nanaginip po siya noong panahon na ‘yun, at sinabi po niyang nasa coma ang ating Pangulo. Habang nanaginip siya, pinalitan niya ‘yung pangalan niya, from Joma, pinalitan niya ng letter C yung letter J, kaya naging ‘coma’ yung panaginip. Habang nanaginip siya, sarili niya ang nakikita niya doon, hindi si Pangulong Duterte. Mamaya, ipapakita ko sa inyo ang aming litrato, ” Go said.
(Mr. Joma might have been dreaming at the time when he said our President was in a coma. While he was dreaming, he changed his name. From Joma, he replaced the ‘J’ with letter ‘C’ resulting in ‘coma.. While he was dreaming, he was seeing himself and not President Duterte. I will show you all our picture later.) ###