Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday said he will not be a “spare tire” and will continue the programs of the current administration as he seeks to become vice president in 2022.
Go takes the place of President Rodrigo Duterte as the nominee of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to run for vice president in the 2022 polls.
Go was accompanied by Duterte when he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City.
Duterte also announced he will walk away from politics at the end of his term in June 2022 after learning that the “overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the Constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the Constitution.”
“I have decided to run as vice president in the coming election to continue the good programs and real changes started by President Duterte and we will try to increase them even more,” Go said in his speech.
Among the programs Go vowed to continue, if elected, are the campaigns against illegal drugs and corruption and the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure projects
“It would have been nice if our economy and the Duterte administration have not been hit by the crisis. We will try to give back our countrymen their normal lives and get people out of poverty because more have lost their jobs and are starving,” he added in Filipino.
He said he will expand efforts toward overcoming the pandemic by achieving economic recovery, providing job opportunities, and addressing hunger and poverty.
“I don’t want to be remembered as just another senator or vice president. I want to be remembered as a public servant who can be approached by any ordinary citizen and wholeheartedly serves for the good of our country,” he said partly in Filipino.
Go said he will keep in mind Duterte’s advice to always put the welfare of the Filipinos first.“You will never go wrong,” he said in Filipino, quoting Duterte.