Bong Go's PGH Visit Featured Posters Saying "Go na Tayo"

Does the G in PGH stand for "Go" now?

PHOTO BY Presidential Communications Operations Office

(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. 

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.

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.

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The backlash was swift, with people protesting Go's transparent attempt to campaign and PGH's apparent kowtowing.

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.

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