By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go emphasized that as
voters will soon exercise the democratic right to vote and choose
their next leaders in a few months, Filipinos must keep in mind that
the privilege of elected officials to lead comes directly from the
consent of the people.
Hence, more than anything else, Go urged the public to look beyond
personalities and measure leaders based on the kind of service that
they have provided to the people they committed to serve.
Go then warned the public against selling their votes and urged them
to vote for candidates in the 2022 election who they believe can fight
for their welfare and best serve them.
“‘Wag niyo po ibenta ang inyong boto. Karapatan niyo po ‘yon,” said Go.
“Ine-engganyo ko kayo, piliin niyo ang mga taong nagseserbisyo talaga
sa inyo,” he added.
Go was asked by the media about his thoughts on those that may engage
in vote-buying during election season. He went on to say that while he
does not want to speak poorly of other candidates, he categorically
urged that such activities should not be tolerated and those
responsible must be held accountable in accordance with the law.
“Ayaw kong magsalita against my fellow candidates… trabaho rin po ng
COMELEC (Commission on Elections) na i-determine kung vote buying…
Dapat maipatupad ang batas,” Go said.
“Integridad ‘yan ng inyong boto. Integridad ng ating demokrasya. Huwag
niyo po ipagpalit ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak at ng ating bayan
para lang po sa pera,” Go advised.
Despite having filed his candidacy for vice president for the upcoming
national elections, Go stressed that his focus remains on fulfilling
his mandate as a senator and on ensuring public service delivery amid
the ongoing crisis.
“Para sa akin, trabaho po namin ito, kaya po kami naririto, trabaho po
namin ang magserbisyo at tumulong sa mga kababayan natin,” said Go.
“Pangako ko naman iyan noon, hindi pa ako senador… hindi pa ako
nakaupo, pangako ko kahit saang sulok kayo ng Pilipinas ay
magseserbisyo ako, at tinupad ko po ‘yon, mula Aparri hanggang Jolo,
mula sa taas hanggang sa baba pinuntahan ko po ‘yan,” he added.
Go said that instead of discussing politics, he would want to focus on
finding solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“‘Yun ang mas interesado po ang taumbayan kung ano po ang solusyon sa
mga problema. Interesado ang taumbayan ‘yung laman ng tiyan nila, mas
interesado sila kung ano ang solusyon sa problema ngayon kaysa sa
pamumulitika,” said Go.
“Aabot din tayo diyan, huwag lang po ngayon, masyadong maaga pa. Ako
po ay patuloy na magseserbisyo sa ating kapwa Pilipino. Sabi ko naman
sa inyo, ang bisyo ko po ay magserbisyo sa mga kababayan natin,” he