This is amid speculations that Sara Duterte’s withdrawal from the Davao City mayoral race could affect his vice presidential bid. Senator Christopher “Bong” Go however said that he does not want to speculate on plans of the Duterte family.
“Ibig (kong) sabihin, 39 days na po since I filed my candidacy as a vice president last October 2. Binoto po ako ng tao (noong 2019), mahigit 20.6 million Filipinos ang bumoto sa akin,” said Go in an ambush interview after delivering aid to struggling residents of Antipolo City on Tuesday, November 9.
Whatever the decision of the Duterte family and his party PDP-Laban is, Go said that he is “the least of their concerns.” He also advised the public to wait and see what might happen in the next days.
“Unang-una, mahal na mahal ko po si Pangulong Duterte, may utang na loob po ako sa kanya, at mabigat po sa amin mga Bisaya ‘yung utang na loob, diyan ko po natutunan sa kanya ‘yan, at ayaw ko po siyang bigyan ng sakit ng dibdib dahil lang sa pulitika,” said Go.
“Basta isa lang naman ang layunin ko, nabanggit ko kanina ang layunin ko lang naman po ay magserbisyo sa kapwa ko Pilipino kahit na anong kapasidad po, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo,” he added.
Sara Duterte revealed on Tuesday that she has officially dropped her reelection candidacy for Davao City mayor. Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, her younger brother, abandoned his reelection candidacy and may run for the city’s top post as his sister’s replacement candidate.
Meanwhile, Go explained why he grew emotional after Antipolo Mayor Andrea Ynares’ and former Governor Casimiro Ynares’ speeches in which they said Go is qualified for the vice presidency. He said that he was overwhelmed by the outpouring support of the public for him.
“Alam nyo, naging emotional po ako dahil nakikita, kanina nakita ko ‘yung mga tao naghahawak ng placard, na na-appreciate nila. Sabi ko hindi nyo naman po kami kailangang pasalamatan dahil trabaho naman po namin ‘yan,” said Go.
Go said that he would not speculate if Sara Duterte’s decision to drop her reelection candidacy for Davao City mayor will affect his own VP bid. He however empathized with supporters who have committed their time and effort to prepare for the campaign. (SPH/AQP)