Go says his decision has not changed despite PDP-Laban nomination; reiterates not interested to run for president

Go says his decision has not changed despite PDP-Laban nomination; reiterates not interested to run for president

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday, September 10,
reaffirmed his decision not to run for the presidency in 2022, saying
he plans to continue serving the people in his own capacity and in
support of the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview given after distributing relief to the flood victims
in Biñan City, Laguna, Go explained that regardless of position, he
will continue to serve his fellow Filipinos to the best of his
abilities. He recognized the tremendous tasks facing the next
president given the ongoing health crisis and vowed to support whoever
is elected in getting the country back on its feet.

“Uulitin ko, hindi ako interesadong tumakbo dahil alam ko sakit ng ulo
ang aabutin ng susunod na Pangulo. Pwede naman akong tumulong sa
kanya. Kung sino man ‘yung magiging susunod na Pangulo, susuportahan
ko siya,” said Go.

“Sanay akong magserbisyo sa ating kapwa Pilipino na nasa likod. Hindi
naman kailangan na ako ‘yung tumakbo. Ang importante ay malampasan
natin itong pandemyang ito,” he continued.

The Senator added that he hopes that the next president will be able
to continue the work of President Rodrigo Duterte for the betterment
of the Filipino people.

“Kung sinuman ang ibibigay ng Panginoon pagdating ng panahon ay
tanggapin natin. Ang importante para sa akin ‘yung katimbang ni
Pangulong Duterte and, of course, ‘yung nagmamalasakit sa ating kapwa
Pilipino. Iyun ang hahanapin natin pagdating ng panahon,” he
encouraged.

When asked about his party’s recent nomination of his candidacy, Go
maintained that it did not change his decision. He, however, thanked
his fellow members in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan
for the trust and confidence, they placed in him to serve as President
Duterte’s running mate in the upcoming elections.

“Nine days before the convention, sumulat na ako sa PDP-Laban. Sabi
ko, ‘wag niyo nalang ako isama sa nominasyon pero sinali pa rin nila
ako. Salamat sa mga ka-partido ko, salamat sa tiwala, sa inyong walang
sawang suporta sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Go.

“Kahit tumanggi na ako sa posibleng nominasyon ay itinuloy niyo pa
rin. Pero nabanggit ko noon na kahit nominado ako ay hindi pa rin ako
interesadong tumakbo bilang Pangulo,” he insisted.

Go also declined to comment on the political plans of Davao City Mayor
and First Daughter Sarah Duterte-Carpio who recently announced that
she would not run for president.

“Nakapagbigay na ako ng aking statement at no comment ako diyan …
Nabanggit ni Mayor Sara Duterte na iisang Duterte lang ang tatakbo …
ako naman nirerespeto ko ‘yun. Sabi ko nga, I leave my fate to God, to
the Dutertes kung ano ‘yung magiging desisyon nila and, of course, sa
mga Pilipino na nagbigay sa akin ng pagkakataon na makapagserbisyo,”
said Go, who added that he is focused on supporting President
Duterte’s vice presidential bid.

“So, hintayin nalang natin kung ano ‘yung pinal na desisyon. As of
now, nagdesisyon na ang ating mahal na Pangulo na tumakbo bilang Bise
Presidente … bilang mga miyembro ng PDP, nakatutok kami doon. So, no
comment nalang muna ako sa ibang mga possible na magiging tandem,” he
concluded. (ai/mtvn)

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