President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday denied retired Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade’s statement that he was being controlled by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

Parlade, who is gunning for president in 2022, said as he filed his certificate of candidacy that he could not align himself with Go as the Duterte aide was among the problems of the country.

“Wala akong beef with Senator Go. I just don’t like the way he does things including controlling the decisions of the president,” the former anti-communist task force spokesman said, claiming that this was “common knowledge” among members of the military.

Duterte in his “Talk to the People” address said he was not being controlled by Go.

“He does not control anybody, he does not control me, he is here to do his duty na may matanungan tayo kaagad. So iyon,” the president said.

Go also denied Parlade’s allegations.

“Nasagot na mismo ni Pangulong Duterte na walang nagko-kontrol sa kanya. Siya mismo ang nagsabi na hindi naman sya magiging pangulo kung pinapaikot lang siya ng ibang tao. Tanging siya ang gumagawa ng kanyang magagandang desisyon at tumutulong lang ako mula pa noon,” Go said in a statement.

Go has been an aide of Duterte for 23 years. John Ezekiel J. Hirro