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Duterte says Bong Go more than just his assistant: Bilyonaryo siya, bright pa!

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President Rodrigo Duterte made a renewed pitch for Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday (September 3) amid persistent rumors he will run for senator in the 2019 elections.

In his speech before the Filipino community in Israel, Duterte said Go hails from the Tesoro clan famous for making couture Filipino wear.

“Kasi akala lang nila minamaliit nila kasi alam mo Chinese Go, so… Pero totoo niyan ang nanay nito Tesoro. Bilyonaryo na ‘yan. Totoo,” he said.

Though Go has been Duterte’s long time aide, Duterte said his right-hand man obtained a college degree from De La Salle University.

“Akala mo walang nalalaman kasi assitant-assistant lang. But actually bright ito ‘yung mahusay rin sa lahat. ‘Yung anong ipinapagawa ko, alam na niya,” he said.

Go has yet to confirm rumors he’s running for senator, repeatedly saying it is too early for him to talk about politics.