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Napuruhan ni Bato? Duterte reveals ex-aide died after playing basketball with Dela Rosa

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Senator-elect Bong Go’s predecessor as President Rodrigo Duterte’s aide died after playing basketball with Senator-elect Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, the Chief Executive has revealed.

In a speech during Go’s victory party in Davao City Friday (May 24), Duterte shared the circumstances surrounding former aide Jimboy Halili’s death.

“They were playing — he was a lieutenant, Jimmy Halili. Naglaro sila ng basketball ni Bato, siya, pati ‘yung aide ko. He was physically fit baka talagang genetics. Noong ipinasa ni Bato sa kalakas siguro ng pitik ng kamay, ‘yung flip, sinalo ni Jimboy. Noong sinalo niya sabi nila, according to accounts, natumba tapos diretso patay,” the President recalled.

Go started working for Duterte after his grandfather, Augusto Tesoro, recommended him to run errands for the then-mayor of Davao City.

He went on to become Duterte’s trusted aide, and held the position of Special Assistant to the President before winning the 2019 senatorial race.

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