Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (File photo)

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended  candidates in the upcoming 2022 elections who expressed intent to continue the legacy programs and projects of the Duterte Administration.

He however reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to pick a presidentiable to endorse.

“Salamat po sa pagbabanggit na willing po kayong ipagpatuloy, lalung-lalo na po 'yung mga magagandang programa (Thank you for saying that you will continue them, especially those good programs),” said Go in an ambush interview after personally attending the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program dispatch activity at the BP2 Depot in Diliman, Quezon City on December 16.

While the President has yet to choose a presidential contender to support, Go assured that Duterte has been keenly evaluating all of the candidates and will support whoever can continue his initiatives towards providing a more comfortable life for Filipinos amid the pandemic.

“I cannot speak on behalf of the President, pero pinag-aaralan nang mabuti ng ating mahal na Pangulo kung sino po sa mga kandidato 'yung makakapagpatuloy ng magagandang program niya (but he is thoroughly studying who among the candidates would continue his good programs),” he added.

The senator said he will support the candidate supported by Duterte, particularly someone who can continue the positive changes that the current administration has initiated.
Meanwhile, Go said Duterte will focus on the country's pandemic efforts in the final months of his term as president, citing this as one of the reasons for Duterte's withdrawal of his senatorial bid.

Kailangan ni Pangulo na tumutok dito sa ating Covid response. 'Yan po ang tututukan ni Pangulong Duterte sa mga susunod na anim na buwan (The President needs to focus on our Covid response. That’s what he’s focusing on in the next six months),” he said.

As the election season nears and with the detection of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the country, Go then appealed for continued observance of health protocols especially in public gatherings.

Ako po'y nakikiusap sa mga kandidato, sumunod tayo sa mga health protocols. Isipin po natin ang kapakanan at kalusugan ng bawat Pilipino, buhay po nila ang nakataya dito (I’m appealing to all the candidates to observe health protocols. Let’s think about the welfare and health of each Filipino, their lives are at stake here),” he said. (PR)