Senator Christopher “Bong” Go took to Facebook late on Wednesday to post a series of photos with President Rodrigo Durterte – effectively putting a stop to rumors claiming the latter suffered from a medical emergency. 

Hearsay about Duterte’s health made a big splash on social media early in the week after the postponement of his weekly press conference – Talk to the People.

In the post, Go urged those with ill-intent toward Duterte ‘not to celebrate yet.’ He assured those concerned that Duterte is ‘okay’ and is ‘working around-the-clock’ as the chief executive. 

“Sa mga may masasamang Hangarin, Wag muna kayo mag celebrate!! Nandito lang si Tatay Digong. Tambak ang trabaho,” Go remarked. 

The president’s former aide also called on the public to ‘unite’ in these trying times. He made his point clear by wearing a yellow shirt – symbolizing the Opposition – while sitting across Duterte. 

“Suot ko damit kong dilaw pero DU30 yan!!! Sana tulungan na lang natin ang ating mahal na Pangulo para malagpasan natin ang crisis na ito bilang nagkaka-isang mamayanang Pilipino,” Go explained.

Sa mga may masasamang Hangarin, Wag muna kayo mag celebrate!! Nandito lang si Tatay Digong. Tambak ang trabaho. “Hindi…

Posted by Bong Go on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

News about the president’s health became a trending topic on Twitter last night (April 7) – with the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo. 

The claims about Duterte’s ill health intensified after he canceled his weekly press conference twice – on Monday (April 5) and on Wednesday (April 7). 

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that the president’s public address was called off due to members of his security team testing positive to COVID-19. 

“The physical safety of the President remains our utmost concern. In addition, the preparation for the Talk to the People Address entails a number of staff complement and we also take due consideration of their well-being,” Roque shared. 

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