Supporters set Bong Go run for senate

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PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar (with microphone) endorsing SAP Bong Go for senator at the Ready Set Go 2019 event in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (CNC photo)

IS Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go running for senator in next year’s mid-term elections?

The answer is yes for friends and supporters who gathered Wednesday in Intramuros, Manila for the “Ready Set Go 2019” event to launch his senatorial bid.

But Go did not say if he will run when he spoke to the people at the event held in Ilustrado restaurant by phone patch to thank them for endorsing him.

“Masyado pa pong maaga para pag-usapan ang pulitika. Marami pa kaming trabaho,” said Go, who also heads the Presidential Management Staff, which serves as the public assistance desk of the Office of the President.

Go also said he wants to do his job as SAP.

“Hindi ko po siya iiwan. Sasamahan ko po siya,” said Go, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he has been serving since he was mayor of Davao City.

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But Go is not closing his door to the idea of entering politics.

“Bigyan nyo po ako ng konting panahon,” he said.

Go suggested that for now, other cabinet officials whose names are in the initial senatorial slate of the ruling party Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) be supported instead. He mentioned them as Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, Rep. Karlo Nograles, Rep. Pia Cayetano and presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino.

“Huli na lang po ako. Unahin nyo na lang sila,” said Go.

Go also asked supporters to help the President do his job.

Among those who endorsed Go’s senatorial run at the Ready Set Go 2019 event was Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

“Go can lead the Senate in fulfilling the intentions of President Duterte, including federalism,” said the Marinduque representative.

“Maaasahan natin si Go hindi lang sa legislation kundi sa malasakit niya sa bayan,” said Nograles, who said the SAP can get 300 votes from the House of Representatives to make him No. 1 in the senate race.

“We believe na si SAP ang magiging tunay na boses ng sambayanang Pilipino. Suportahan natin siya, gawin natin siyang number one sa senado,” Nograles said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, “Importante na makilala ng ating sambayanan ang isang taong may puso na maglingkod sa tao.”

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said Go is an action-oriented and reliable man because he can be called anytime and works hard. Lopez added that Go is patriotic.

“Gagawin niya para sa bayan,” Lopez said.

Also attending the Ready Set Go 2019 were Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Reps. John Bertiz and Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. President Alfredo Lim, and actor Philip Salvador. Singer Jimmy Bondoc sang a song praising honest government workers.

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