Senator Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday said he is focused on public service and running for higher office is not on his mind.
“The 2022 elections? Count me out of those talks,” Go said in a press statement.
Go also set aside talks that he would consider running for the presidency if President Rodrigo Duterte eye the Vice President position.
It was the President himself who announced that his former Special Assistant wants to succeed him during the inauguration of a port building in Dumaguete on March 11.
The President, Go cautioned, was joking as usual.
“It’s farthest from my mind. You know how the President is always joking. I am not interested to run for higher office. The President is aware that I’m not interested,” Go said.
He narrated that he was bantering with the President when talks about the 2022 elections was brought up.
“He’s always teasing me so I told him, I will run for president if he will be my VP. It’s up to him if he will take it seriously or as a joke,” he said.
The first-time senator’s term will end in 2025 and he feels he still has a lot to give as a lawmaker.
Meanwhile, Go urged Filipinos to cooperate with government and join bayanihan efforts to overcome the health crisis, instead of engaging in partisan talks and political bickering.
He said that whether the public likes it or not, time will come when candidates will be revealed and the people will choose their next leaders in May next year.
“Let’s wait for the proper time to vote. For now, let’s focus on helping our country recover from the crisis,” the senator said.
He also urged political leaders and supporters from all sides to prioritize the welfare of the Filipino people rather than their own interests.*