As critics of the right-hand man of President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he said were “just few opposition netizens,” continue to bash him over huge Bong Go billboards and tarpaulins, the top leader’s special assistant on Wednesday, July 18, took aim at one of his detractors and said that “he is not just the real epal (attention-seeker) but also kup*l (foolish).”
During his interview with dzRH’s Henry Uri, Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go identified his critic as a spokesperson of the Aquino administration but refused mentioning the individual’s name. He told the person that he and his candidate in the 2016 presidential elections — apparently referring to Manuel “Mar” Roxas II — were the real “epal” and this was the reason why the latter was defeated in the polls by a hillbilly like Duterte.
“Kwento ko na lang, may spokesman ng dating administrasyon, nawala nga lang ng dalawang taon eh nagpapapansin na at sinabi eh ako raw ay epal. Sabi ko po, alam n’yo ba no’ng mayor pa s’ya no’n, congressman pa s’ya non…hindi n’ya nilalagay ni Mayor Duterte ang pangalan n’ya sa anumang proyekto sa Davao? At alam namin ‘yan,” said Go.
[I’ll just tell you, a spokesman of the previous administration who has gone out of the limelight for just two years is already seeking attention and is saying that I’m an epal. I said, do you know that when he was still a mayor and even when he became a congressman…Mayor Duterte did not put his name in any projects from Davao? And we know that.]
“No’ng pumunta kami ng Tacloban nakalagay do’n sa mga goods city government of Davao para sa tao ng Tacloban. So ibig sabihin alam namin (na) ayaw naming maging epal. Hindi kami epal at hindi kami bobo na gamitin ‘yong pangalan namin sa mga ganong bagay,” said the chief executive’s top aide.
[When we went to Tacloban, it was written on the goods that these were for the people of Tacloban from the city government of Davao. So it means that we know that we don’t want to be epal. We are not epal and we are not stupid to use our names in those kinds of things.]
“So maybe, itong nagsasabi na ako ay epal, sa inyo pong panahon ‘yong epal, kaya nga po tinalo kayo ng isang probinsyano. ‘Yong amo n’ya yong natalo ng isang probinsyanong amo ko rin. Never kaming naging epal. Ayaw ko na s’yang pangalanan. Siguro itong nagtatawag sa akin na epal, ikaw ang epal. ‘Di ka lang epal, kup*l pa,” added Go.
[So maybe, this person who says I’m epal, it was during your time that the government became epal, that was why you were defeated by someone from the province. Your boss was beaten by a hillbilly, who is also my boss. We were never epal. I don’t wan’t to name him. Perhaps, this person who calls me epal, you are the epal. You’re not just an attention-seeker, you are also foolish.]
Lacierda to senators: ‘Huwag tularan si Bong Go’
Though Go didn’t identify the former spokesperson of ex-President Benigno Aquino III, it was apparent that Duterte’s right-hand man was referring to Edwin Lacierda.
Last July 14, Lacierda said via Twitter that the Senate didn’t need to conduct an inquiry to find out the effects of the Duterte-backed Republic Act 10963 because the Philippine Statistics Authority and the people had already said how the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law impacted the public.
He added that what the senators allegedly wanted was just media attention but they should not have approved the law in the first place and they should not be like the epal Bong Go.
One need not do a senate hearing to see the effects of TRAIN. PSA said so, the people said so. All you want in a hearing is media mileage to show you care. You dont. You should not have signed it in the first place. Huwag tularan si Bong Go! Huwag Trapo! Obvious na! Epal na!
— Edwin Lacierda (@dawende) July 14, 2018