Go vows to continue efforts towards pandemic recovery, solidifying Duterte legacy, protecting future of the nation

Go vows to continue efforts towards pandemic recovery, solidifying Duterte legacy, protecting future of the nation

President Duterte and Sen. Bong Go

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go vowed to protect the
legacy of President Rodrigo Duterte and the future of the Filipino
people as he bats for the presidency in the upcoming May 2022
elections.

“Kailangan ko pong (umangat) para sa mga kapartido ko at sa
sambayanang Pilipino, lalung-lalo na kay Pangulong Duterte… to save
the legacy and protect the Filipino people. Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang
pagbabago. Tuloy ang malasakit at tuloy ang serbisyo,” vowed Go.

Go also reminded his fellow candidates to “take into heart” the reason
why they chose to seek public office and that is to provide genuine
public service to the people.

“There is nothing greater than serving our fellow Filipinos with
utmost sincerity and loyalty. When the dust settles and after all has
been said and done, what is important is that the Filipino people
should eventually be the winner in this exercise of democracy,” Go
emphasized.

On November 13, Go substituted for Grepor Belgica and filed his
candidacy as the standard-bearer of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang
Samahan for the presidency in 2022 polls.

He was personally accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte in the
Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila.

Go said that the move is “a collective decision of the party led by
President Rodrigo Duterte” together with the alliances that it has
forged.

He mentioned that running for president is a challenge to “save the
legacy of President Duterte, pursue further the positive change we
have started, and protect the future of our people.”

“The Duterte Administration has made many significant milestones that
have benefitted our nation: from his decisive leadership, to the
projects that commenced and completed under his watch, to the many
programs that have improved the lives especially of those who need our
help the most — the poor, the needy, the hopeless, and the helpless —
all of them being our priority in our endeavors in public service,”
added Go.

Central to his candidacy, according to Go, are the principles of
continuity, compassion or ‘malasakit’, and genuine service that
Duterte has taught him for more than two decades of working with him.

Go clarified that ambition was the last thing on his mind in reaching
the decision.

“As we have learned in the past, those who seek power do not end up
victorious. Voters choose leaders who have a genuine desire to serve
others,” explained Go.

“While admittedly, I had my hesitations to run for President at first,
I had to answer the call of many Filipinos who had sacrificed so much
to give President Duterte the opportunity to serve them and would want
this kind of leadership to continue through me,” he added.

Through the trust and support given to him by the Filipino people, Go
vowed to “make every second count” in order to ensure that next
generation of Filipinos can benefit from all the progress achieved by
the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, despite his candidacy, Go said that his focus right now is
to help the government and the people surpass the challenges brought
by the pandemic and “come out victorious as a united and more
resilient nation.”

“In addition to my commitment to help President Duterte and my duties
as an elected senator which involve pushing for various measures
including helping secure the timely passage of the national budget for
next year towards full pandemic recovery, I continue to spend my time
with those who we committed to serve, listening to their concerns, and
giving them hope of a brighter tomorrow,” the senator assured.

He also assured the public his determination to fulfill his role as a
bridge for the poor, the needy, the hopeless and the helpless,
bringing the government closer to them.

“As I have said before, I do not want to be remembered as just another
political aspirant. I want to be remembered as a public servant whose
heart belongs to the masses, accessible to every ordinary Filipino,
and whose primary intent is to serve the country and build a nation
that every Filipino can be proud of,” said Go.

“This is the Duterte legacy that we continue to pursue on behalf of
our people who deserve nothing less but a secured future for our
children,” he concluded. (ai/mtvn)

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