Bong Go: I'm not 'epal'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) — President Rodrigo Duterte's special assistant Bong Go on Saturday denied that he is an ''epal'' or someone who shamelessly promotes himself before the public.

This, after several posters and paraphernalia with his name and face on them have been spread out in public places nationwide.

The President has also been saying in his speeches that Go has an ambition to become a senator and run in next year's mid-term polls.

"So hindi po kami epal, ayaw namin na nakalagay yung pangalan namin. Hindi maiiwasan na may mga supporters," Go told reporters.

[Translation: We are not 'epal'. We don't want our names to be posted in public, but we can't avoid to have supporters.]

Go maintained that he has no knowledge of the production of the materials, as they came from his supporters.

He added that he did not sign any contract or ordered someone to produce what seemed to be campaign materials.

Go even urged his supporters to take down the posters and billboards, and rather use their money to help fire and typhoon victims.

"Nagpapasalamat ako na naglalagay, kaya lang please iwasan na natin ito, tanggalin na natin ito, nananawagan ako kasi andaming nagseselos," he said.

[Translation: I'm thanking the supporters, but please let's avoid posting materials. Let's remove them. I'm calling out because many people are jealous.]

He added that he is also open to any investigation by the Ombudsman.

While Go reiterated he has no plans to run for senator, he thanked the President's daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for endorsing him through her local party "Hugpong ng Pagbabago."