BACOLOD City – The Silay City Government in Negros Occidental on Dec. 6 took down the tarpaulin of former special assistant to the president (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go, which was displayed in the town’s public plaza.
“It was never the intention of the City Government to offend anyone, most especially, (former) SAP Bong Go, but merely to apply the rule of law fairly and squarely to all,” Silay Mayor Mark Golez said in a Facebook post.
Golez was referring to City Ordinance No. 02, Series of 1997, regulating the advertisements by means of signboards, billboards, posters, paintings on walls, slides in movies, handbills, leaflets, streamers, electric or neon lights, display stand, and others of the same nature.
He said that under the said ordinance, an application must be filed on the Office of the City Engineer, and a permit fee must be made prior to displaying or disseminating such materials.
“Given that no application was ever filed with the Office of the City Engineer and neither was the required permit fee paid, the City Government was constrained to take down the tarpaulin,” the mayor explained.
The tarpaulin read, “Maligayang Pasko! From SAP Bong Go,” with Go’s picture on the side.
Bong Go is running for senator in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections. (GMA News)