Bong Go can't be official Duterte adviser, says legal expert


Posted at Jun 26 2019 12:25 PM

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Senator-elect Christopher "Bong" Go cannot serve as President Rodrigo Duterte's official adviser or perform any of his command concerning the executive branch, a legal and governance expert said Wednesday. 

Go, who was Duterte's aide for 21 years, was quoted as saying in an Inquirer report that he accompanied the President at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Thailand last week as a "private adviser." 

"He cannot be an official adviser," said Tony La Viña, a constitutional law professor at the University of the Philippines.

"For example, the President cannot tell (Senator-elect) Bong Go, go tell Secretary X to do this. That would be usurpation of authority by Senator Go because he is no longer an executive official." 

Duterte can talk and seek the opinion of Go, but it would be "inappropriate and illegal" for him to give orders to the senator, who no longer has any line of authority in the executive branch, the professor added. 

ANC, June 26, 2019