Presidency is a ‘thankless job,’ says Go as he reiterates his focus on assisting Pinoy overcoming pandemic

Presidency is a ‘thankless job,’ says Go as he reiterates his focus on assisting Pinoy overcoming pandemic

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Calling the presidency “a thankless job”, Senator Christopher “Bong”
Go reiterated that he is not interested in seeking a higher position
in the 2022 national and local elections amid encouragements and the
high trust that the Duterte administration is getting from the
Filipino people.

Go confessed during the meeting, aired on television on Tuesday, July
7, with President Rodrigo Duterte and other members of the ruling
party PDP-LABAN that the pandemic has left him and the President
exhausted yet still determined to focus on efforts to overcome the
crisis.

“Alam niyo po, gaya ng Pangulo, ako ay pagod na rin po sa ginagawa
natin ngayon. Nakakawala ng pagod ‘yung suportang pinapakita ng tao
tuwing bumababa ka sa publiko,” said Go.

“Ako kasi bumababa talaga ako, pumupunta ako sa mga ospital, nakikita
ko ‘yung sitwasyon ng mga kababayan natin ngayon. Ako po ay nakikiusap
sa inyo na unahin muna natin na malampasan ang pandemyang ito,” he
added.

While describing the presidency as “a thankless job”, the Senator
stated that the need to serve the hopeless and helpless Filipinos
remain a source of strength for them to keep fighting for the
betterment of the country.

“Napakahirap po ng trabaho ng isang Pangulo. Thankless job. Gagawin mo
ang tama, sangkatutak na batikos ang aabutin mo. Nagkamali ka naman,
babatikusin ka rin,” he said.

“Ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte, ‘yung mga
kababayan nating hopeless at helpless na walang matakbuhan. ‘Yun lang
po lagi ang pinapaalala ni Pangulong Duterte. Unahin mo ‘yung kapwa mo
Pilipino, hindi ka magkakamali,” Go added.

While Go understands the responsibilities of a President, he said he
would rather focus on helping the Filipino people overcome the current
pandemic than vie for a higher post.

“Ako naman po, wala akong ambisyon maging isang Pangulo. Alam ko po
mismo ang problema ng isang Pangulo. Kita ko mismo si Pangulong
Duterte, nagtatrabaho ng 24 oras sa isang araw,” shared Go.

“Consider me last, I’m not interested in running for the presidency
dahil alam ko mahirap talaga ‘yung trabaho. ‘Yung tira na lang po ang
akin, kung wala na po talaga kayong mahanap… Kung maaari, ‘wag na
lang po ako,” he added.

Go mentioned that rather than discussing politics, he will focus on
assisting the government in developing and implementing measures to
solve the COVID-19 situation.

“I leave my fate to God, to the Dutertes — malaki ang utang na loob ko
sa kanila — at sa mga Pilipino. Ang mga Pilipino ang nagbigay sa akin
ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo bilang Senador. Unahin ko muna ‘yung
pagseserbisyo ngayon. Unahin muna natin ang pandemyang ito,” he ended.

In his previous interviews, Go reminded everyone, particularly
government officials and politicians, to focus on the country’s path
towards COVID-19 recovery and set aside political talks for now.

“Mag-focus muna tayo sa pag-recover po ng ating bansa at malampasan
natin itong krisis na ating kinakaharap… importante po na
maka-recover tayo dahil baka wala na tayong pulitikang pag-uusapan
‘pag hindi natin ito nalampasan, itong krisis, itong pandemyang
kinakaharap natin sa ngayon,” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, during his visit to fire victims in Bacoor, Cavite earlier,
Go said that many members of the PDP-LABAN are urging President
Duterte to run for Vice President next year. The Senator said that he
will respect and support whatever decision President Duterte will
make.

“‘Yung iba’t ibang chapter ng PDP, iba’t ibang miyembro po ng PDP
nagpresinta sila urging the President to consider running for the vice
presidency,” said Go.

“Ako naman po, nirerespeto ko po ‘yung mga kapartido ko at ako naman
po’y malaki ang tiwala ko kay Pangulong Duterte. Ang pino-point out
nila doon is ‘yung continuity,” he added.

The Senator cited ‘continuity’ as one of the main reasons for the
support and encouragement Duterte is getting to run for the vice
presidency.

“Ayaw nilang mangulila at marami po silang sina-cite doon na kung
bakit kailangan pong ipagpatuloy ni Pangulong Duterte or continuity po
ng mga naumpisahang magandang pagbabago,” Go said.

“Halimbawa, sa kampanya laban sa korapsyon sa gobyerno, kampanya laban
sa kriminalidad, at kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, at pati po
‘yung mga Build, Build, Build program, itong COVID response natin
mahirap putulin,” he added.

In a previous statement, Go emphasized that President Duterte remains
determined to fight corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality until
the end of his term and even beyond in order to deliver on his promise
of providing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos.

“Marahil marami pa siyang gustong gawin at tapusin na ‘unfinished
business’ upang maisakatuparan ang pagkakaroon ng mas komportableng
buhay ang ating mga kababayan. Sabi nga niya, “if there is space for
him” — ibig sabihin, kung ito ang nasa puso ninyo at kung ito ang
makakabuti sa taumbayan, hindi niya isasantabi ang oportunidad na
magserbisyo pa lalo,” Go previously stated. (ai/mtvn)

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