Bong Go drops presidential bid in Eleksyon 2022

Bong Go drops presidential bid in Eleksyon 2022
© Senator Bong Go’s office Senator Bong Go photo

Senator Bong Go on Tuesday announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy for president in Eleksyon 2022.

This came almost a week after he admitted that he was still waiting for “a sign from God” on whether or not he should push through with his presidential bid.

In an ambush interview in San Juan City, Go explained that his family was not in favor of his presidential run. He also said he does not want to put President Rodrigo Duterte in a difficult situation.

“Ayoko rin pong lalong maipit si Pangulong Duterte. Higit pa po sa tatay ang pagmamahal ko sa kanya,” he said.

(I don’t want President Duterte to be put in the middle of a difficult situation. My love for him is more than the love for a father.)

Go reiterated his willingness to “make the supreme sacrifice for the good of our country and for the sake of unity” among their supporters.

“In the past few days, I realized that my heart and my mind are contradicting my actions. Talagang nagre-resist po ang aking katawan, puso, at isipan. Tao lang po ako, nasasaktan at napapagod din [My body, heart and mind are resisting. I am just a human. I get hurt and tired sometimes],” Go said.

“Sa ngayon po, ‘yun ang mga rason ko. That is why I am withdrawing from the race [For now, these are my reasons. That is why I am withdrawing from the race],” he added.

Go, meanwhile, told the presidential aspirants to prioritize the welfare of the country and the interest of the Filipinos.

Before getting elected senator in 2019, Go served as special assistant to Duterte.

In a Viber message to reporters, Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body’s law department can not accept any filings on Tuesday, November 30, since it is a holiday.

He also said Go can no longer be substituted as his case was a voluntary withdrawal.

The period of substitution for candidates in the 2022 elections who will voluntarily withdraw their candidacies ended on November 15.

To formalize any candidates’ withdrawal, Jimenez said they need to personally appear before the Comelec.   —KBK, GMA News

This article Bong Go drops presidential bid in Eleksyon 2022 was originally published in GMA News Online.

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