Senator Christopher “Bong” Go urged members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to unite and further strengthen efforts in support of the Duterte administration’s goal of providing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos amid these challenging times.
Go said in an interview while visiting fire victims in Davao City, that he hopes the situation within the party will improve now that a new group of officers has already been chosen.
“Ang importante rito nakapag-national assembly, nakapili na tayo ng bagong Presidente at ng new set of officers. Ako naman po, dati na po ako national auditor na re-elect lang po ako,” said Go.
Last July 17, at its national assembly in Clark, Pampanga, the members of the ruling party elected Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as the new party president while President Rodrigo Duterte retained chairmanship of the party.
“We need to strengthen the party. Ako, I am willing to be the mediator dito. Kung kakailanganin pong magpagitna ako for the sake of the unity of the party ay willing po ako magpagitna dito sa PDP,” said Go.
“Napakalakas po ng partido, majority party po ito sa Senado, sa Kongreso and even down to the local level. Madami pong miyembro, mahigit isang daang libong miyembro po ito. Sayang po ang partido kapag nagkawatak-watak po at hindi nagkaisa,” he added.
Go also warned his fellow PDP-Laban members not to squander the gains made in the past years in building a strong political party that continues to instill positive change in the country as promised by the President.
Meanwhile, Go clarified that while many senate aspirants have signified their intent to be part of the administration slate for the 2022 senatorial elections, the list has not been finalized yet.
“Mayroon pong mga siyam na cabinet members, mayroon pong mga re-electionist, at mayroon din pong mga come-backing senators na gusto pong luminya sa ating mahal na Pangulo. At mayroon din pong mga baguhang pangalan na gusto pong sumama sa Senate slate ng ating mahal na Pangulo,” Go said in a separate statement.
He added that what has been released is not the final list. “Yun pong inilabas ni Governor Evardone, ay initial list base sa mga diskusyon with the party members,” he added.
Go assured that President Duterte will choose his candidates well in line with the vision of continuing the positive change that the current administration has worked hard for the past years.
Go reiterated, however, that the focus now of the President and his administration is on strengthening Covid-19 response and economic recovery measures.