MANILA – Senator Christopher "Bong" Go said while he is thankful for the continuing high trust and support that he and the Duterte administration are getting from the Filipino people, his primary focus now is to fulfill his work as a public servant especially towards helping the country recover from the pandemic.
This, after Go topped the list of the 2022 vice presidential candidates based on the Publicus Asia’s Pahayag-Quarter 3 survey conducted from Oct. 11 to 18.
Go garnered 23.6 percent followed by Dr. Willie Ong 19 points, Senate Vice President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (17.3 percent), and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (12.3 percent).
The survey also showed Go has the highest trust score among senators, retaining the top spot consistent with the results in Quarter 2 poll held last July.
The independent and noncommissioned survey comprised 1,500 respondents taken from a market research panel of more than 20,000 Filipinos.
Go said the country’s leaders must remain focused on fulfilling their roles and overcoming the health crisis rather than anticipating the upcoming national elections next year.
“Nasa Pilipino na po ang desisyon pagdating ng panahon. Ako naman po, mula noon hanggang ngayon, ang prayoridad ko ay ang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan (The decision is up to the Filipinos when the time comes. As for me, my priority is to help those in need since then),” Go said.
Go said he will remain dedicated to serving Filipinos as long as he could.
“Sila po ang nagbigay sa akin ng pagkakataon na makapaglingkod sa kapwa at marating kung saan man po ako nandirito ngayon. Hindi ko sasayangin ang oportunidad na maglingkod sa aking kapwa Pilipino (They gave me the opportunity to serve others and get to where I am today. I will not waste the opportunity to serve my fellow Filipinos),” he said.
Go earlier said he will be a “working vice president” if given a chance to win in the May 2022 national and local elections.
He promised that he will not just be a spare tire and that he is willing to work with anyone who will win as the next leader of the country.
“Ituturo ko po kung ano po ang natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang administrasyon ngayon. Tutulungan ko para maging successful dahil ito ang panahon ng pagtutulungan, ito po ang panahon ng pagkakaisa (I will introduce what I’ve learned from President Duterte in his administration now. I will help (the next leader) to become successful because this is the time for us to unite and help each other),” Go said.
Go also vowed to continue the legacy programs initiated by the current administration, especially in healthcare, infrastructure development and the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs.
Despite his vice presidential bid, Go said he remains focused on his duties as a senator and public servant, especially in assisting the government and the general public in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. (PR)