Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go repeated his previous appeal to be counted out for a higher position in the upcoming national elections in 2022, but thanked all those who have expressed their support for him.
“Nagbigay na po ako ng statement ukol dito, I have reiterated many times, sabi ko, please count me out. Kung maaari, ako na lang po ‘yung pinakahuli sa listahan ninyo,” said Go during his visit to fire victims in Quezon City on Tuesday, June 29.
The Senator said that he is currently focusing on helping the country cope and beat the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Ayaw ko munang pag-usapan ang pulitika,” Go stressed, “Ang focus natin is paano po malampasan itong pandemyang ito. Baka wala na tayong pulitikang pag-uusapan kung hindi natin malampasan itong krisis na ito. Sa ngayon po ang focus ko muna, nakatutok po ako sa pagseserbisyo sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino na naghihirap po sa ngayon.”
He, however, thanked everyone who has been urging him to seek a higher position.
“Salamat po sa lahat ng tiwala. Nasa tabi po ako ni Pangulo halos araw-araw noon. kayo po ang nagbibigay lakas sa amin para makapagserbisyo pa po at malampasan muna natin itong krisis na ito,” Go explained.
Meanwhile, after claims of fellow Senator Manny Pacquiao that corruption exacerbated under the Duterte Administration, Go said that the President will continue to go after corrupt officials and is determined to stamp corruption out of the government.
“Though hindi talaga totally pa rin po na-eliminate ‘yung corruption, pero sinisikap po ng ating mahal na Pangulo na mabawasan ang corruption,” he added.
President Duterte challenged Pacquiao in his most recent Talk to the People address to name corrupt government institutions and personnel that the latter was pertaining to. This is to verify the senator’s assertion that corruption is worsening despite the President’s efforts to remove unscrupulous public officials and employees.
Go said he knows Duterte very well and that he will never tolerate corruption under his watch.
“Kilala ko po si Pangulong Duterte at seryoso po ‘yung kanyang kampanya. Wala po siyang sinasanto. Kung may nakakalusot, tulungan n’yo po siya. Kaya nga po pangalanan n’yo po kung sinuman po ‘yong totoong mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno dahil galit po si Pangulong Duterte sa mga corrupt,” he added.