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The reason Bong Go carries Duterte’s phone finally revealed

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Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is widely considered as the most powerful person in Malacañang largely because all phone calls to President Rodrigo Duterte go through him.

Why the number one politiko would entrust his personal mobile phone to a close aide has been one of the biggest mysteries bugging businessmen and government executives who have been scrambling to have a direct line to Duterte.

But last week, Duterte finally explained why he has shunned a gadget that even a pre-schooler or garbage collector could not keep out of their hands or pockets not even for a minute.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Bahrain, Duterte said: “Wala akong cellphone, diyan ako nadisgrasya sa asawa ko.”

The twice-married Duterte explained that he’s all thumbs when it comes gadgets like touch screen mobile phones.

“Hindi ako marunong mag-delete. Ano yang… putang inang text-text. Ako yung Nokia madali, diyan lang. Pero yung touch (screen)? Mahirap yung mag iwan ng telepono, patay. So nakita, ayun,” said Duterte.