Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said he is “well-decided” to run for vice president in the 2022 elections, denying speculations that he is paving the way for the candidacy of another person through substitution.
“I can’t speak for the other candidates. I can’t say what would be decision of the party. As far as I am concerned, I am well-decided to run for the position I filed,” Go said in Filipino in an interview during the launch of the country’s 143rd Malasakit Center at Doña Maria D. Tan Memorial Hospital in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental on Tuesday.
Go said President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to retire from politics prompted him to take on the challenge as he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president on Oct. 2.
“So I accepted the challenge to run as VP candidateof PDP. I am well-decided and I will continue to run as VP,” he said in Filipino.
He said the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), has been preparing for the elections and someone must step forward for the party to continue the administration’s programs and pursue further the positive change that Duterte has started.
“That is the decision of the party and President Duterte. Since he withdrew, he will no longer run as vice president. That is why the party and President Duterte asked me to run because we need to have someone who will continue the aspirations of the PDP and this administration,” Go said in Filipino.
Go said if he wins, he will continue Duterte’s legacy, assisting the country in overcoming the pandemic and providing a better life for all Filipinos.
“What is important for me is the economic recovery, return to normal life,” he added in Filipino.
Despite his decision to run for vice president, Go said he remains focused on his duties as a senator and public servant.
“I don’t want to talk about politics yet. I’ve been saying time and again that vaccine first before politics because will will no longer be talking about politics if we cannot survive this crisis,” he said in Filipino.Go said he will not be complacent about his chances in the next year’s elections, reiterating that at the end of the day, it’s the Filipino people would choose who they want to lead them.