Bong Go denies ‘substitution’ speculations

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021   •   250

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has denied speculations that he is paving the way for the candidacy of another individual through substitution. He reiterated that he is committed to his decision to run for vice president in the upcoming 2022 national elections, a statement released Wednesday (October 13) said.

“I can’t speak for the other candidates. Hindi po ako makapagsalita kung ano po ang magiging desisyon ng partido. As far as I am concerned, sa aking tinakbuhang posisyon, desidido na po ako,” Go said in an interview during the launch of the country’s 143rd Malasakit Center in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental on Tuesday.

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 further noted PDP-Laban’s preparations for the elections, stressing that someone must step forward for the party so that the administration may continue its programs and pursue further the positive change that the president has started.

“Ang importante para sa akin ngayon ay economic recovery, makabalik na tayo sa normal na pamumuhay. ‘Yun po ang importante,” he added.

Go, nevertheless, stressed that despite his vice presidential bid, he remains focused on his duties as a senator and public servant.

“Ayaw ko munang pag-usapan ang pulitika kaya parati kong sinasabi, bakuna muna bago ang pulitika dahil baka wala na tayong pag-usapang pulitika kung hindi natin malampasan ang krisis na ito. Buhay po ang nakataya dito,” he said. —/mbmf

Bong Go withdraws presidential bid for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday announced he is no longer running for president in the 2022 elections.

In a statement, Go said he is dropping out of the presidential race because his family does not want him to seek the presidency.

He also does not want to put President Rodrigo Duterte in a difficult situation.

“Ayaw rin talaga ng aking pamilya. Kaya naisip ko na siguro nga ay hindi ko pa panahon sa ngayon. Diyos lang ang nakakaalam kung kailan talaga ang tamang panahon ko,” he said.

“Ayaw ko rin pong lalong maipit si Pangulong Duterte. Higit pa po sa tatay ang pagmamahal ko sa kanya. Matanda na po siya at marami na siyang naibigay sa bayan kung kaya’t ayaw ko nang dagdagan pa ang kanyang problema,” he added.

Go’s announcement came a week after he admitted having a hard time and being hesitant about seeking the top post in the country as he was set to run for vice president.

“Alam naman ng lahat na naging kandidato na po ako sa pagka-Bise Presidente sa loob ng mahigit isang buwan, 40 days to be exact. Subalit, dahil sa mga pangyayaring hindi inaasahan, kailangan ko pong magpaubaya,” he said.

He also reiterated his willingness to “make the supreme sacrifice for the good of our country and for the sake of unity” among their supporters.

“In the past few days po, I realized that my heart and mind are contradicting my own actions. Talagang nagreresist po ang aking katawan, puso at isipan. Tao lang po ako na nasasaktan at napapagod din,” he said.

“Sa ngayon po, iyon po ang mga rason ko. That is why I am withdrawing from the race,” he added.

Go thanked his supporters for their trust in him and President Duterte.

“Lubos ang aking pasasalamat sa lahat ng supporters na walang tigil na nagtitiwala sa akin at kay Pangulong Duterte. Kaya gusto kong magpakatotoo sa inyong lahat at ayaw ko nang patagalin pa ang bigat ng nararamdaman ko,” he said.

Meanwhile, Go advised presidential aspirants to always put first the welfare of the country and the interest of Filipinos.

Prior to serving as senator in 2019, Go served as Duterte’s special assistant.

 

 

Go, Domagoso express willingness to undergo drug test anew

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirants Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go and Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso signified their willingness anew to undergo drug testing following the move of Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Manila City Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen said Mayor Isko has always been willing to undergo voluntary drug testing.

“Ready po siya any time. Pero priority niya muna ang constituent niya,” Leonen said.

In earlier interviews, Mayor Isko has already signified his willingness to do so.

“Kasi if a president will fight against drugs as a matter of policy, then dapat talaga kami rin. Ako, I don’t mind. Anytime mas maganda nga ahensya ng gobyerno,” Domagoso said.

Senator Go, meanwhile, reiterated that, although it is not mandatory, he is willing to undergo drug testing any time of the day.

“Ako naman po willing magpa-drug test anytime of the day. Anytime po kung kakailanganin,” Go said.

“Though hindi mandatory, pero just to prove lang po sa Pilipino kung sino yung fit na mamuno sa ating bansa ay willing po akong magpa-drug test, any time of the day po,” he added.

Presidential candidate Leody de Guzman, on the other hand, said he will not fall for the gimmickry of the Lacson-Sotto tandem.

He, however, said that he will have a change of heart should the Commission on Elections make it mandatory, but warned that such might infringe the Constitution and violate human rights.

“Hindi kami mahuhulog sa klase ng gimik na ginagawa ng tambalang Lacson-Sotto. Pero tulad ng sabi ko rin dati, kung gawing mandatory ng Comelec ang drug test, susunod ako bilang kandidato,” De Guzman said.

“Ngunit, nais ko silang paalalahanan na maaari itong paglabag sa Konstitusyon na magbubukas sa marami pang paglabag sa mga karapatang pantao,” he added.

Although other 2022 national elections presidential aspirants, Senator Manny Pacquiao and Vice President Leni Robredo have stated, in past interviews, that they are willing to undergo drug testing, they have yet to give their statement on this development.

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos has also not given his statement on the matter, although his camp has earlier stated that they do not feel being alluded to by President Duterte when he talked about a certain presidential aspirant who was using cocaine. /mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Go says lawmakers’ Palace meeting to show support for his, Duterte’s 2022 election bid

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with some lawmakers on Tuesday in Malacañang  was to declare support for his and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s candidacy in the 2022 elections.

In a statement, Go said the gathering of several members of the House of Representatives was held at the request of Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco.

“Nagkaroon po ng get-together kagabi sa Palasyo kasama ang iilang mga kongresista upon the request of the leadership of the House of Representatives upang magpakita ng supporta sa akin at sa Pangulo,” he said.

Go is running for president while Duterte is gunning for a Senate seat under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) party.

The senator expressed gratitude for Velasco and other solons’ declaration of support for their candidacies.

“Ako po ay nagagalak at nagpapasalamat sa kanilang patuloy na pagtitiwala sa amin. Ito po ay nagbibigay inspirasyon sa akin na ipagpatuloy ang ating layunin na matulungan ang mas maraming Pilipino,” he said.

Photos shared by Go to the media showed him and Duterte with Velasco and other solons.

Malacañang earlier confirmed that Duterte met with some lawmakers on Tuesday night for “an informal and relaxed gathering.”

The Palace did not mention the names of the attendees but said that many of these lawmakers are “friends” of the president dating back to his days as mayor of Davao City.

The meeting was held after Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for senator and Go declared his presidential bid through substitution.

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