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Bong Go hints at withdrawing VP bid, cites Duterte’s wish

Aika Rey
Bong Go hints at withdrawing VP bid, cites Duterte’s wish

RESHUFFLE? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of Senator Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go after the latter files his certificate of candidacy for vice presidential bid before the Commission on Elections at Sofitel in Pasay City on October 2, 2021.

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'Merong mga pagbabago pero wala naman akong magagawa,' says vice presidential aspirant Senator Bong Go

Vice presidential aspirant Senator Bong Go hinted that his plans in the 2022 elections might change because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s wishes, signaling that there would be a reshuffle within the administration camp.

In a Malasakit Center event on Tuesday, November 9, an emotional Go said he could not anything about this, even if he wants to serve as vice president.

“Itong kandidatura ko bilang bise presidente ay maaring magbago. ‘Di maiwasan ‘yung mga changes sa pulitika – na, sabi ko nga, napakadumi. Dito ko na gusto ko magserbisyo sa kapwa kong Pilipino eh merong mga pagbabago pero wala naman akong magagawa,” Go said.

(My candidacy for vice president may change. We can’t prevent changes in politics – that, as I said, is very dirty. I want to serve my countrymen in this capacity but there will be changes and I can’t do anything about it.)

Bong Go hints at withdrawing VP bid, cites Duterte’s wish

His voice breaking as he spoke, Go added: “Dahil sa kagustuhan ng ating mahal na Pangulo, kailangan kong umiwas. Malalaman ‘nyo lang po ‘yan sa darating na araw.” (Because this is the President’s wish, I need to change courses. You will know it in the coming days.)

It will be recalled that the divided PDP-Laban wanted Go to be its standard-bearer for the high-stakes 2022 polls. President Rodrigo Duterte’s last-minute decision to “retire” from politics pushed Go to run for vice presidency in his stead.

About an hour earlier from Go’s speech, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte withdrew her candidacy for mayor. Various camps have expected this move as they speculate that she will be running for a national post.

The deadline for substitution of candidates is on Monday, November 15. It remains to be seen if Go will be running for a different post or if Sara Duterte will be gunning for a national post.

But Sara Duterte, so far, has met with presidential bets Bongbong Marcos and PDP-Laban standard-bearer Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.