By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go continues to dispel
rumors that he is clearing the way for another candidate to run in the
2022 elections, stressing that he is committed in his decision to seek
the vice presidency.
During an interview right after the launch of the 145th Malasakit
Center in the country at the Philippine National Police General
Hospital in Quezon City on Monday, October 25, Go was asked if a
substitution for another candidate would be possible.
While the senator said that the subject is a matter for his party,
PDP-Laban, to determine, Go emphasized that he is 100 percent
committed to running for the vice presidency.
“Mayro’n po akong partido. So, ibig sabihin, hindi po ako
makakadesisyon ng ako lang… hindi na nga tumakbo si Pangulong
Duterte and it was the party’s decision na tumakbo po ako bilang Bise
Presidente. At desisyon po ‘yon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at
iginagalang ko po ‘yon that is why I accepted the challenge,” said Go.
“So, depende na po ‘yon sa partido. Ako naman po ay 100 percent na po
akong tatakbo… isa po akong public servant at ako po’y (nag-file na ng
candidacy),” he added.
Earlier, Go said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to retire from
politics prompted him to take on the challenge to run for vice
president. He added that the ruling party, PDP-Laban, has been
preparing for the elections and that someone must step forward for the
party and the whole administration to continue its programs and pursue
further, the positive change that Duterte has started.
Meanwhile, when asked about Mayor Sara Duterte’s recent separate
meetings with presidential aspirants Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Ronald
Dela Rosa, Go indicated that it is the prerogative of the younger
Duterte and her party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, to meet with key leaders
and possibly support certain candidates in the elections.
“Prerogative naman po ‘yan ni Mayor Sara kung sino ‘yung gusto n’yang
kausapin at nirerespeto natin ‘yon. That’s part of our democratic
process at mayro’n po siyang partido. Kami rin po mayro’n din kaming
partido, ‘yung PDP-Laban, at nirerespeto namin ang isa’t isa,” said
“So malaking bagay po ‘yon kung ano po ‘yung tulong na maibibigay ni
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte at ng Hugpong ng Pagbabago sa isang
kandidato, malaking bagay po ‘yon at atin po ‘yung nirerespeto. Part
po ‘yon ng ating democratic process,” he added.
Go further said that if the mayor of Davao City had decided to run for
president, he would have given her his complete support. He did
emphasize, though, that he respects her decision not to run for
“Ginagalang ko po ang desisyon at pahayag ni Mayor Inday Sara Duterte
at sabi ko naman po noon pa, noon pa from the very start kapag tumakbo
po si Mayor Sara Duterte bilang pangulo, full support po ako at
ikakampanya ko po. ‘Yon po ‘yung sinabi ko noon at pangako ko po ‘yan
kay Mayor Inday Sara,” said Go.
“Hindi lang po kay Mayor Inday Sara, siyempre sa pamilya, malaking
utang na loob ko po sa pamilya Duterte. So, kung tatakbo po siyang
pangulo, full support po ako kay Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. Pero
nirerespeto ko po ang kanyang desisyon na hindi po tumakbo bilang
pangulo,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)