By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his support for
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s vice presidential bid in the upcoming
May 2022 polls during his Talk to the People address on Monday,
In his message, the President expressed his confidence that Go will
continue the positive changes and gains made by his administration.
“I strongly and fully believe that Senator Bong Go is the best person
to help the next president continue my legacy and build on the gains
that we have achieved, especially in terms of providing basic services
to healthcare, education and other social services for the people,”
according to the Chief Executive.
Duterte also commended Go’s track record of service and strong work
ethic, saying that they are “rooted in compassion towards the poor and
“I strongly believe that he will be the best vice president of the
country. With this, I encourage our kababayans to look at his deeds
and achievements as you consider your list of candidates for the next
vice president,” Duterte said.
In response, Go thanked President Duterte and the Filipino people for
their untiring support to the administration’s advocacies and efforts
to provide a comfortable life for all.
“Maraming salamat mahal na Pangulo. At sa mga minamahal kong
kababayan, maraming salamat po sa patuloy na paniniwala at suporta
ninyo sa amin ng Pangulo at sa buong administrasyong Duterte,” Go
He explained his decision to run for VP saying, “nabanggit ko noon pa
na hindi ako tatakbong pangulo kung hindi si Pangulong Duterte ang
Vice President dahil alam po natin na ito ang continuity na inaasam
“Kung papalarin po ako bilang susunod na Bise Presidente ay
ipagpapatuloy ko po ang kampanya laban sa korapsyon, kriminalidad, at
iligal na droga. Ipagpapatuloy ko ang mga magagandang programa tulad
ng libreng edukasyon, libreng pagpapagamot tulad ng serbisyo mula sa
Malasakit Centers, mga Build Build Build projects, at marami pang iba
tungo sa ating hangarin na mabigyan ng mas maginhawa at komportableng
buhay ang mga Pilipino,” Go explained further.
Should the Filipino people elect him, Go has vowed to be a “working
vice president,” noting that he will not just be a “spare tire” but
rather a public servant that ordinary Filipinos can turn to.
“Walang masasayang na oras o minuto, magtatrabaho po ako para sa
Pilipino gaya ng ginagawa ko ngayon bilang Senador at lingkod-bayan,”
Go however clarified that despite his vice presidential bid, his focus
now is on his duty as senator and in helping the government and the
people overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pero sa ngayon, ayaw kong pag-usapan muna ang pulitika. Unahin muna
nating malampasan ang krisis na dulot ng COVID-19. Bakuna muna bago
pulitika,” he said.
“Tutukan muna natin ang economic recovery at ang pag-ahon mula sa
pandemya. Ibalik natin ang sigla ng ekonomiya. Bigyan natin ng trabaho
ang mga nawalan ng kabuhayan at siguraduhin nating walang magugutom.
Higit sa lahat, huwag nating pabayaan ang mga mahihirap at walang
matakbuhan,” he added.
“Importante po ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino kung kaya’t walang tigil
ang ating serbisyo upang walang maiwan sa muling pagbangon ng bansa
tungo sa pagbalik natin sa normal na pamumuhay,” Go expressed further.
Accompanied by Duterte, Go filed his own Certificate of Candidacy at
the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City last Saturday,
October 2. During his filing, Go said that his decision to run was
determined by his desire to continue the legacy of the Duterte
“Napag-desisyunan kong tumakbo bilang Bise Presidente sa darating na
halalan upang maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at tunay na
pagbabagong naumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte — at sisikapin nating
dagdagan pa ang mga ito,” said Go.
Go’s vice presidential bid has also garnered support from various
individuals and groups. Greco Belgica, chair of the Presidential
Anti-Corruption Commission has already indicated his support for Go’s
vice presidential run, as has the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang
Samahan group that he heads.
Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, in a letter, has also stated
his support for Go, saying, “We fully endorse and support your
candidacy for Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines in the
2022 National Elections.”
“You truly personify the essence of public service. And you have
already shown your commitment and capabilities since you worked in
Local Government and National Government with then-Mayor and now
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. And also your legislative work for the
last three years is nothing short of outstanding,” he added.
Go, who traces his roots to the Tesoro clan of Batangas, was declared
an adopted son of the CALABARZON region in a manifesto issued by the
governors of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon in 2019. They
noted his years of service under President Duterte and “heart for his
country” as evidenced by the countless projects he initiated that have
helped millions of Filipinos.
Earlier, Go was officially nominated by the ruling party as its
official candidate for the country’s top post. He respectfully
declined the offer to run for the presidency, however.
“Para sa aking mga kapartido sa PDP-Laban at sa iba pang lubos na
sumusuporta sa mga adhikain ng administrasyong ito, huwag kayong
mag-alala dahil hindi namin kayo pababayaan. Nandirito pa rin si
Pangulong Duterte bilang ating pinuno at number 1 campaigner. Wala
pong iwanan sa laban na ito,” he assuaged his party mates.
“Tulad ng bilin ni Pangulong Duterte sa akin, parati po at tinatandaan
ko ito: “unahin mo ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipino at mahalin natin ang
ating kapwa, hinding-hindi ka magkakamali,” he finally said. (ai/mtvn)