Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is making a plea for understanding from his supporters on why he had to quit the presidential race for 2022, adding he also did it for President Rodrigo Duterte who he also regards as more than a father.
“Higit pa po sa tatay and turing ko kay Pangulong Duterte. Marami na po siyang nagawa para sa ating bayan. Ang dami na po niyang sakripisyong ginawa para sa ating bayan. And it’s time for me to sacrifice, gagawin ko po ‘yan dahil mahal ko po si Pangulo, mahal ko po ang ating mga kababayan (President Duterte is more than a father to me. He has done so much for our country. He has done a lot of sacrifices for our country. And it’s time for me to sacrifice, I need to do this because I love our President, I love our countrymen),” he said in an interview on Wednesday after he visited fire victims in Mandaluyong.
“Sana po’y maintindihan niyo rin po ako. May pamilya rin po ako tulad ninyo na inuuwian niyo po. ‘Pag masama at kontra ang pamilya ninyo, hindi ba nahihirapan rin po kayong makatulog? Ganoon rin po ang aking nararamdaman (I wish for understanding of my situation. I have a family like all other people. If you family is involved and they oppose your plans, don’t you have a hard time going to sleep),” he added.
Go, however, will support poll candidates for 2022 who will continue the programs of President Duterte, particularly in improving the lives of Filipinos.
“Kung ano po ‘yung makakabuti at sino po yung makakapagpatuloy ng inumpisahang pagbabago ng ating Pangulo susuportahan ko po ‘yon (Whatever is good for our countrymen and whoever can continue the initiatives of President Duterte, I will continue to support),” he earlier said.Go declared earlier this week that he was withdrawing his candidacy for president in the 2022 polls.President Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is running for vice president in 2022 in tandem with former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.