Bong Go's PGH Visit Featured Posters Saying "Go na Tayo"
Does the G in PGH stand for "Go" now?
(SPOT.PH) He's denied that he has plans to run for public office and disavowed all knowledge of and association with the posters that have been littering the entire country in recent months, but Special Assistant to the President Bong Go has been making regular appearances at various events. The Twitter account of the Presidential Communications Operations Office also follows and publicizes his activities breathlessly.
Sec. Bong Go personally runs to aid the fire victims in Sta. Cruz, Manila on April 29, 2018. He inspected the site where families fell victim to the fire last Friday, April 27, 2018. pic.twitter.com/ovUpULE3AB— Presidential Comm (@pcoogov) April 30, 2018
One of Go’s latest appearances took place at the Philippine General Hospital on Wednesday, September 12. He visited the Malasakit Center at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), by and large not a highly controversial act; he was recently in Bacolod for the inauguration of the Malasakit Center at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Campaign material of Bong Go all over the Philippine General Hospital today. What a shame! I’m calling on hospital and university officials to take these down immediately! pic.twitter.com/CS2F3hcNPR— Gideon Lasco (@gideonlasco) September 12, 2018
However, PGH saw fit to put up posters bearing Go’s likeness and pun-laden slogans for his arrival. The posters were radically similar to—if not the same —as the advertising materials he vigorously denied any association with. In addition, health cards that featured a picture of Go laying a consoling hand beside a patient and President Duterte hugging a patient were distributed.
The backlash was swift, with people protesting Go's transparent attempt to campaign and PGH's apparent kowtowing.
Ang tunay na malasakit ay walang photo-op, walang media/social media blitz. Hindi dinadaan sa mga gimmick. Ang tunay na malasakit sa pasyente na mahihirap tulad ng nasa PGH ay pagbalik at pagtaas ng budget sa kalusugan.— Leonard Pascual (@drbrainhacker) September 12, 2018
Yes, Bong Go just used a hospital to advance his political career. He used the conditions of the destitute sick to make himself a messiah while actually being a major contributor to the death of the masses. This, all for political leverage.— Omid Javier Siahmard (@omidong) September 12, 2018
And the hospital was PGH.
THIS ???? PICTURE ???? OF ???? BONG ???? GO ???? IS ???? SO ???? UNNECESSARY ???? YOU ???? DON'T ???? REALLY ????CARE ???? ABOUT ???? HELPING ???? YOU ???? VAIN ???? SHIT ???? pic.twitter.com/gsrQMOc1Wj— Jai Cabajardashian (@jaicabajar) September 12, 2018
It’s certainly annoying to say the least, but there's bad news for the rest of us: In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that premature campaigning is not an election offense and that any advertising materials from politicians are simply a form of freedom of expression. Looks like we're in for several months more of politicians trying to not-so-subtly hint at their candidacy.