Philippines

President Duterte yet to choose who to endorse for President: Senator Bong Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (File photo)

MANILA (Philippines News Agency)–Senator Christopher “Bong” Go told members of the media on Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to officially support another presidential contender.

Sa ngayon po base po sa pag-uusap namin, sa ngayon wala pa po. At ako nag-aantay na lang po ako kung sino po ‘yung ieendorso niya (As of now, based on our discussion, there’s no one yet. I’m waiting for whoever he’s endorsing),” Go said during his visit to fire victims in Barangay 775, San Andres, Manila.

“I’m willing to wait kung sino po ang ieendorso niya, iyon rin po ang aking susuportahan. Iisa lang naman po kami ni Pangulo (I’m willing to wait whoever he endorses; that’s the one I’ll support),” he added.

Go reiterated that the administration may support a candidate who will ensure the continuity of Duterte’s legacy and sustain the ongoing efforts towards pandemic recovery.

Meanwhile, when questioned why he has not officially withdrawn his candidacy weeks after announcing his decision, Go said he is not in such a hurry as the senator wants for his supporters to understand first the reasons behind his decision.

Sabi ko nga hanggang May 9 naman ang withdrawal, so bakit ba tayo nagmamadali? Bakit ba kayo nagmamadali? Sino bang nagmamadali? (As I’ve said, the withdrawal is until May 9 so why in a hurry? Why you in a hurry?)” he said.

As far as he is concerned, however, Go said he does not consider himself a candidate anymore.

Go appealed also for continued observance of health protocols especially in public gatherings, such as family celebrations, social functions, business fora, or political rallies.

He urged all Filipinos to participate in the country’s pandemic efforts and emphasized that overcoming the pandemic remains the country’s priority over politics. (PR)

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