Clamor for Bong Go’s Senate run kicks off
Supporters of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go officially launched on Wednesday a movement encouraging the loyal presidential assistant to run for a Senate seat in 2019.
As this developed, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar clarified that the clamor for Go to run in the senatorial derby is not a form of early campaigning.
Andanar said that the campaign, dubbed as “Ready, Set, Go!,” is not a launch of Go’s candidacy for the Senate but a campaign for him to join the senatorial race next year.
“I think for me hindi siya maaga (It’s not early campaigning) because we are still convincing him to run. It’s not a launch for candidacy, it’s actually convincing SAP Bong Go to run for Senate,” Andanar said in an interview with reporters.
“Ito naman ay initiative ng kaibigan, barkada, so nag-snowball na. May mga supporters din na kasali, we are not discouraging them, they would and they can go,” he added.
(This is an initiative of friends, so it snowballed. There are also supporters who took part, we are not discouraging them, they would and they can go.)
The campaign is set to launch on Wednesday noon in a restaurant in Intramuros, Manila and will be attended by several Cabinet members, including Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Media task force head Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco and other supporters.
It was reminiscent of Duterte’s bid for the presidency in 2016, in which he had repeatedly said that he would not run for office despite a public campaign called “Duterte for President Movement” urging him to run.
Go had repeatedly said early this year that he would not run for office because he only wanted to serve Duterte “til kingdom come.” However, last week, Go apparently sent mixed signals by saying that his candidacy would be up to his boss.
“Masyado pa pong maaga, nandito kami para sa GoNegosyo. Depende po kay Pangulo ang lahat. Thank you,” Go said.
(It is too early to speculate, we are here at GoNegosyo. It is all up to the President.)
Go also got the endorsement of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and thanked her, saying: “I am humbled by the endorsement of our beloved City Mayor Inday Sara. The Dutertes, the father, the daughter are my inspiration and the example of being a true public servant.”
Andanar, in a previous interview, said that if Go runs, he would be in the top five senatorial bets. /jpv
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