FORMER Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and other senatorial candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte emerged as the frontrunners in the survey on the senatorial race conducted by the University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO).
Go was statistically tied with former Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa in first place. However, the former SAP was nominally ranked second in the survey, getting the vote of 91.1 percent of the respondents while Dela Rosa came slightly ahead with 91.3 percent of the votes.
The survey was conducted among 1,200 respondents from April 8 to 12 across the three districts in Davao City.
In third place is Francis Tolentino with 57.2 percent, followed by re-electionist Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, with Sajid “Dong” Mangudatatu in 5th place with 41.6 percent.
All of the top five candidates are bets of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino and endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Maraming salamat po sa mga kababayan ko dito sa Davao. Ang suporta po nila sa amin ay malinaw na pagpapakita ng patuloy na pagsuporta at paninniwala nila kay Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte,” Go said.
Other candidates who made it to the “Magic 12” include PDP-Laban guest candidates Sen. Cynthia Villar (6th place), Sen. Edgardo Sonny Angara (7th), Pia Cayetano (9th), Imee Marcos (10th), and Freddie Aguilar (12th).
Independent candidate, Sen. Grace Poe was in 8th place, while Sen. Nancy Binay (NUP) came in at 11th place.
“Patunay po ito na masaya ang mga taga-Davao sa pamamahala ni Pangulong Duterte. Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ng ating Pangulo, lalung-lalo na ang kampanya laban sa kriminalidad, corruption at iligal na droga,” Go said.
“Inspirasyon po ito sa akin na lalong magsikap sa nalalabing dalawang linggo ng kampanya bago ang May 13, 2019 election,” he added.
In running for the Senate, Go had vowed to serve his fellow Davaoeños and the entire Filipino people in the same way he served President Duterte for over 21 years.
“Ang serbisyo po sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos,” Go said.
Likewise, Go said he would push for improved delivery of medical services by upgrading the facilities of public health institutions and also through the establishment of Malasakit Center.
A project of the Duterte administration based on Go’s idea, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail themselves of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room concerned government agencies such as DoH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.
Other priority concerns on Go’s legislative agenda are programs for agriculture, education, housing for the poor, long-term sports development, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW, and improved benefits for senior citizens.