Go calls for unity among Duterte supporters; assures pandemic response won’t be derailed

Go calls for unity among Duterte supporters; assures pandemic response won’t be derailed

Sen. Bong Go

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator and presidential aspirant Christopher Lawrence
“Bong” Go called for unity especially among supporters and allies of
President Rodrigo Duterte to help the country in overcoming the
pandemic. He emphasized that despite political differences leading to
the 2022 elections, the priority now is the welfare of Filipinos
during these trying times.

“Ako po’y nananawagan sa mga supporters ko, supporters ni Pangulong
Duterte na tayo po’y magkaisa nalang po. Magkaisa tayo, alang-alang
nalang po sa ating mga kababayan,” he said in an interview after he
attended the launch of the Malasakit Center at the San Lorenzo Ruiz
General Hospital in Malabon City on Tuesday, November 16.

He also said that despite the political landscape, what is important
for him is to be able to serve the people and give Filipinos a fair
chance to choose their leaders.

“Ako naman po’y at the end of the day pulitika lang po ito. Para sa
akin po, mahal ko ‘yung tatay. Mahal ko po ang pamilya, may utang na
loob ako sa pamilya. Kung magkausap po at magkaisa, lalung lalo na po
sa mga supporters natin na gusto din pong tumulong para sa isa’t isa.
Para nalang po sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan, magkaisa na po,”
urged Go.

“Nandidito na po tayo bilang kandidato. At ako naman po ay
nagpapakumbaba, kahit kanino po. Parati po ‘yan. Alam nila ‘yan na
ginagawa ko po, kahit kanino po, alang ala nalang po sa mga kababayan
natin,” he added.

Go stressed that despite his candidacy, he will continue to focus on
his duties and responsibilities as a public servant and work to assist
the country overcome the pandemic.

“Nangangailangan po sila ng talagang serbisyo po mula sa atin. Ayaw ko
munang pag-usapan ‘yung pulitika sana sa pagkakataong ito. Gusto ko
munang malampasan muna natin itong krisis na dulot ng COVID-19.
Darating po ang pulitika sa February, tapos na po ‘yung filing,” said
Go.

Go also indicated that despite President Duterte’s candidacy for
senator, the government’s pandemic response will not be hampered.

“Gaya ng sinabi ko, unahin muna natin itong COVID response. Unahin
muna nating malampasan itong krisis na dulot ng COVID-19. Mamaya na po
‘yung pulitika, baka wala na tayong pulitikang pag-uusapan kung hindi
natin malampasan ito. Kaya ako po’y nakikiusap sa mga kapwa ko
kandidato, unahin muna natin malampasan itong krisis na ito at
darating din tayo sa pulitika,” he said.

Meanwhile, Go has said that he supports Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of
Davao City, in her Vice Presidential run in the upcoming 2022
elections.

“Personally, kung tatanungin nila ako ng partido ng PDDS (Pederalismo
ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan), personally po kung ako ang masusunod,
siya (Duterte-Carpio) po ang pinakamalapit sa puso ko na maging
ka-tandem po,” said Go.

“Hindi po nalalayo ‘yan. Kaya nga po kung ako ang tatanungin, mas
gugustuhin ko, kung ako lang ang pipili, s’yempre pipiliin ko si Mayor
Inday Sara,” he added.

Go, on the other hand, stated that he has not yet discussed the
possibilities with Duterte-Carpio, adding that the last time he spoke
with her was when he visited Davao City Hall after filing his
candidacy for vice president.

“Ako mismo, nag-walk-in po ako, pumila po ako mismo sa City Hall.
Pumunta po ako sa City Hall ng Davao, hindi po ako
nakipag-appointment. Pumunta lang po ako doon, nag walk-in po ako. At
humihingi po ako ng kanyang suporta noong tumatakbo pa po ako bilang
Vice President,” Go recounted.

Amid the new developments after Duterte-Carpio chose to run for vice
president herself, Go added that her support would be a tremendous
help to any candidate.

“Malaking bagay po ‘yun kung saka-sakaling susuportahan niya po ako.
Unang-una po, marami kasing common na supporters at leaders po kami ni
Mayor Inday Sara. So hindi po nalalayo ‘yan, sana po kung maaari lang
po,” said Go.

“Sa ngayon po officially, wala po akong ka-tandem na vice president.
Ako naman po mismo, sasabihin ko talaga sa mga supporters ko, sino ba
ang susuportahan ng supporters ko, eh, ‘di syempre si Mayor Inday
Sara. Anak po ‘yun ng boss ko at kung ano ‘yung pagmamahal ko sa
Tatay, ganoon din po ang pagmamahal ko sa pamilya niya,” he added.

Go, on November 13, substituted for Grepor Belgica and filed his
candidacy as the standard-bearer of the PDDS for the presidency in the
May 2022 elections. He was personally accompanied by President Rodrigo
Duterte in the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros,
Manila.

The presidential candidate states that he is determined to run in
order to ensure the continuation of Duterte’s policies and vision for
the betterment of the Filipino people. (ai/mtvn)

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