- The helicopter that Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go rode encountered some difficulties mid-air while en route from Zamboanga City to Basilan on Saturday
- The aircraft and everyone on board narrowly escaped a tragic fate when the pilot successfully and safely landed the chopper
- The pilots told Sen. Go that a strong tailwind somehow began pushing the chopper down in mid-flight
- The senator said that he thought it was the end of him but also added that he’s ready to die for the country
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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go narrowly escaped a tragic fate when the pilot of the helicopter that he was riding on successfully and safely landed the aircraft.
In an interview over “Bisaya Time,” the senator revealed that he was on his way from Zamboanga to grace the opening of a Malasakit Center in Basilan on Saturday.
While the aircraft was en route to its destination, Sen. Bong Go said he noticed the chopper was rapidly making a descent and also bounced at least twice mid-flight.
The senator also told the “Bisaya Time” news anchors Edwin Duque and Noche Cacas that at the time, he also noticed that the motor on the chopper was creating some weird sounds.
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According to Sen. Bong Go, the pilot later told him that a strong tailwind was somehow pushing the aircraft down, making it difficult for him to maneuver it.
Fortunately, the pilot was able to regain control of the chopper and landed it down safely.
The senator then proceeded to attend the launching of the two Malasakit Centers in Basilan without further incident.
While delivering his speech to those present, the senator also narrated the harrowing near-mishap.
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Speaking in both Cebuano language and in Filipino, Sen. Bong Go said that he thought it was going to be his end.
“By the grace of God and Allah — I was going to Basilan yesterday — I was safe… I thought it was the end for me,” Sen. Go said.
Nevertheless, he said that if the chopper did go down and perishes in the process, he would consider it an honor.
“For me, as your public servant, it would be an honor to die while serving our countrymen,” the senator proudly declared, adding that he’s not afraid to die.
“I’m not really afraid to die. Only God knows when he’s going to take us,” Sen. Go said.
Christopher Lawrence Tesoro Go, more popularly known as Bong Go, is a Pinoy politician who currently sits as a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines having been elected into office during the 2019 elections. Sen. Bong Go was born on June 14, 1974 to Desiderio Go, a businessman based in Davao City, and Marichu Tesoro-Go. He is the grandson of August Tesoro, whose family established one of the biggest printing press companies in Davao City. Sen. Go went to the De La Salle University, where he earned his Management degree. He later went on to work as a special assistant and personal aide to then-Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte in 1998. When Duterte won as President in 2016, Bong Go went on to become the Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and also became Head of the Presidential Management Staff until October of 2018 when he resigned due to his filing for candidacy for the Philippine Senate. At present, Sen. Go chairs the Committee on Health and Demography.
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Senator Bong Go is, perhaps, the staunchest defender of President Duterte. When the President celebrated his birthday several months ago, Sen. Go came to his defense after a video showed the table where the latter is having a simple birthday celebration is filled with food including a lechon. The senator earlier posted a photo of the President about to blow out a candle placed on top of what appears to be one-cup serving of rice. The photo appeared to indicate there was no other food at the table, not even a birthday cake to put a candle on. The video, which was later deleted, appeared to show a different story.
The legislator has also committed some gaffes during his incumbency, one of which is his controversial statement about Lapulapu. Sen. Go has issued an apology over his statement, wherein he said that Cebu's hero, Lapulapu was from Mindanao. The apology was issued on Tuesday evening. He said that he was apologizing for how his story might have come off. Go stated that the story that Lapulapu was from Mindanao came from the spokesperson of the defunct Sultanate of Sulu.