In terms of access, there’s no one as close to President Rodrigo Duterte as Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.
Since the campaign season for the 2016 elections, Go has been visible in the public eye as then-Davao mayor Duterte’s constant companion. His presence in photos have earned him the title “Pambansang Photobomber.”
When Duterte won, Go’s clout became much stronger. He holds Duterte’s phone and is allowed to join the President in high-level meetings.
Go’s closeness to Duterte has allowed him to share some interesting photos and videos of the President’s activities, which weren’t captured even by his close-in media.
We list below Go’s top five Facebook posts for 2017, which garnered the most number of likes.
1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Duterte’s Davao home (80,000 likes)
This is personal diplomacy at its finest.
Duterte gave a personal touch to the warm welcome he extended Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to the Philippines in January by allowing Abe to set foot inside his home in Davao City.
Go was on hand to document the visit, capturing the Japanese leader inside Duterte’s bedroom– which features a mosquito net– and their humble meal at the dining area.
2. Sara gives birth to Marko Digong aka Stonefish (48,000 likes)
Duterte became a grandfather once again this year after his daughter, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte, gave birth to a son, Marko Digong, in March.
Go was with the President when he laid his eyes on his newest grandson for the first time at the Davao Doctors Hospital.
Aside from having the usual photos with Sara and the hospital staff, Go managed to capture Duterte smiling upon seeing his grandchild.
3. Duterte helps Fil-Am student with homework by greeting classmates, teacher (30,000 likes)
Duterte took time off from his busy schedule to oblige a Filipino-American student’s request for help with his homework by greeting his teacher and classmates hello.
11-year-old Andre Esteban had written to Duterte to ask if he could send a greeting to his teacher and classmates as part of his “Nationality report” about the Philippines. Go said the kid’s letter reached the President and he “gladly agreed” to the request.
Aside from greeting Esteban, his classmates and teacher, Duterte urged the Fil-Am student to “continue being a good son and study well.”
4. Go captures first meeting between Duterte, Trump at APEC Summit (29,000 likes)
It was a meeting everybody had been anticipating but only one managed to capture on a phone: The first face-to-face encounter between Duterte and United States President Donald Trump.
The much awaited meeting happened on November 11 at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam.
Go snapped a selfie with the two firebrand leaders conversing in the background, confirming they already met.
In addition to capturing Duterte and Trump’s chat, Go also scored selfies with famous leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah in the background.
5. Picture pa more! Go shines as “Selfie King” at ASEAN Summit (28,000 likes)
Go solidified his status as selfie king as he snapped photos of himself with renowned world leaders during the ASEAN Summit in November.
Among the foreign politikos he had selfies with were Trump, Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Go’s selfies were such a hit that a Facebook photo frame featuring his poker face became available online a few days after the ASEAN Summit.