Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said he has no plans to run for President in 2022, as President Rodrigo Duterte cited his frequent visits to fire victims, teasing Go as having the intention to be his successor.
“Maybe he wants to be president kasi lahat ng sunog nandoon siya. Parang... Saan si Bong? Medyo halata man masyado,” Duterte jokingly said in a speech in Malacañan.
“Eh, wala pang sunog nandoon ka na eh. Ikaw ata tigasindi. Nauna ka pa doon sa bumbero. Well, huwag mo masyadong sobrahan baka mahalata,” the President added.
Go, the President’s former aide, later clarified that he had no intention to become the President’s successor.
“Alam n’yo naman na mapagbiro ang ating Pangulo. But allow me to clarify, I have no plans of running for President. Hindi ko po inaambisyon iyan. Masaya na po ako na nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon na magserbisyo sa kapwa kong Pilipino,” Go said in a message to reporters.
The first-time senator said he was giving back to the community by extending assistance to those who needed it, including fire victims.
“Basta kaya lang ng oras at katawan ko, pupuntahan ko kayo para mapakinggan ang inyong hinaing at mabigyan ng pansin ang inyong mga pangangailangan,” the senator said.
Go said he refused to talk about politics because he was prioritizing public service, but bared that he was open to helping whoever chose to be Duterte’s successor.
“Pero kung tatanungin ninyo ako tungkol sa 2022 elections, I am willing to volunteer as campaign manager sa kung sinuman ang makakapagpatuloy ng pagbabago na inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte,” he added.
Go has served as Duterte’s aide for over two decades before winning as senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
He remains to be the President’s constant companion in visits to disaster victims, injured soldiers and other engagements.
After winning as senator, he vowed to “continue” what the President has started.
“Pangako ko sa mga tao na kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas, basta kaya lang ng oras at katawan ko, pupuntahan ko kayo,” Go said.