Saying that they just wanted to make the people smile during campaign rallies, former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Gosaid that there was no harm intended in the jokes both he and his close friend, actor Phillip "Ipe" Salvador, usually deliver in campaign sorties.
Bong Go also said that he and Philip Salvador wanted to make the people happy during such campaign sorties because they don’t like audiences to get tired of the promises the candidates say during rallies.
"Ma'am Kris Aquino, paumanhin po talaga,” the former SAP humbly apologized, as he faced hundreds of supporters in a campaign rally of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) political party in Manila on Wednesday.
After receiving word of Kris Aquino’s response towards the jokes, both Go and Salvador avoided mentioning the actress’ name in their introductory comedic skits.
"Gusto lang po namin kayong pasayahin. Ngayon, medyo mayroon po akong nasaktan, kaya eto po, humihingi po ako ng paumanhin po,” Go told the members of the audience in Manila recently, stressing that the banter is merely part of their comedic performance.
"Part ng script lang po 'yung intro joke namin niIpe. Hindi na namin gagamitin ang joke na ‘yun,” he assured.
Go continued, "Ang importante po ay mapatawa namin kayo at mapangiti, hindi po ‘yung puro pulitika na lang po ang naririnig ninyo.”
Before letting Philip Salvador sing the song, "Nandito ako”, Go, a self-confessed movie fan, quipped, "Diyan ko po siya(Salvador) napanood noon kasama siKris. Ngayon, ito po angtotoo.
“At oo, minahal niya po siKris,” he stated.