Go appeals to PDP-Laban party mates to respect his decision decliningnomination to run for President

Go appeals to PDP-Laban party mates to respect his decision declining
nomination to run for President

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – While expressing his gratitude to his party mates in the
ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for
their trust and support, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has repeated,
hours after the party’s national assembly held in Pampanga on
Wednesday, September 8, that he remained not interested in running for
the presidency in 2022.

“Sa mga kasamahan ko sa PDP-Laban, muli, taus-puso akong
nagpapasalamat sa inyo para sa inyong tiwala at suporta sa akin at kay
Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. Para sa isang probinsyano at simpleng
empleyado lamang na ginawa ninyong senador, malaking karangalan na po
na kinonsidera ninyo sa pagka-Pangulo,” said Go.

“Subalit, inuulit ko, hindi po ako interesadong tumakbo sa
pagka-Pangulo sa darating na halalan. Nakatutok po ang buong puso at
isipan ko sa pagseserbisyo sa aking kapwa at wala po akong hangarin na
makipagkumpitensya sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa bansa,” he added.

Instead, Go urged his fellow party members to support people who are
keen on running and share Duterte’s political will to continue the
change he has already begun.

“Unahin niyo na lang po ang may gusto. Ang importante ay hanapan natin
ng katimbang si Pangulong Duterte upang maipagpatuloy ang pagbabago.
Yun ang continuity na inaasam natin,” said Go.

Go said the ongoing pandemic will prove to be challenging for the next
president, which is why he is committed to assisting them in helping the
country recover from it.

“Dahil sa mga pagsubok na hinaharap natin ngayon, sakit sa ulo ang
aabutin ng susunod na presidente. Kaya tutulong na lang ako sa kanya,”
he said.

Go said that he had already respectfully declined the party’s
endorsement through a letter he sent earlier. He appealed to party
members to respect his decision.

“Ito rin ang rason kung bakit nagdesisyon akong hindi mag-attend ng
ating pagpupulong dahil ayokong magkaroon pa ng maling kahulugan ang
pagpunta ko roon,” he added.

In a letter addressed to party president and Energy Secretary Alfonso
Cusi, dated August 30, Go stated that he is “deeply honored by the
trust and confidence” to be endorsed as a presidential candidate and run
with President Rodrigo Duterte as vice-presidential candidate. He,
however, emphasized that he respectfully declines the endorsement.

Despite declining the endorsement, Go reiterated that the party will
continue to have his full support. Go also assured that he will
continue to serve the Filipino people.

“Gayunpaman, asahan ninyo ang aking buong suporta sa ating partido,” said Go.

“Kahit hindi ako tumakbong Pangulo, patuloy pa rin naman akong
magmamalasakit at magseserbisyo sa sambayanang Pilipino upang
malampasan ang krisis na ating hinaharap at maipagpatuloy ang mga
magagandang nagawa ni Pangulong Duterte,” he added.

Go also urged his fellow Filipinos to continue supporting President
Duterte who remains determined to lead the country in overcoming the
crisis.

“Nakikiusap po ako, patuloy nating suportahan at mahalin si Pangulong
Duterte na totoong nagmamahal sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” he said.

He then reiterated that he leaves his fate to God, to the Dutertes,
and to the Filipino people to whom he owes the privilege of being able
to serve the country.

“Ipapasa-Diyos ko na lang ang lahat,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)

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