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Go: I quit for Duterte's sake

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 02/12/2021 Javier Joe Ismael

SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go appealed to his supporters for understanding following his decision to withdraw from the presidential race, saying his decision was in the best interest of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family.

"Higit pa po sa tatay ang turing ko kay Pangulong Duterte. Marami na po siyang nagawa para sa ating bayan. Ang dami na po niyang sakripisyong ginawa para sa ating bayan. And it's time for me to sacrifice, gagawin ko po 'yan dahil mahal ko po si Pangulo, mahal ko po ang ating mga kababayan (President Duterte is more than a father to me. He has already done so much for the country. He has sacrificed a lot for our country. And it's time for me to sacrifice. I will do that because I love the President, I love our fellow Filipinos)," said Go in an interview on Wednesday after he visited fire victims in Mandaluyong City.

Go filed his candidacy for president as the standard-bearer of the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan after Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa withdrew as the presidential bet of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, the ruling party.

"Sana po'y maintindihan niyo rin po ako. May pamilya rin po ako tulad ninyo na inuuwian niyo po. 'Pag masama at kontra ang pamilya ninyo, hindi ba nahihirapan rin po kayong makatulog? Ganoon rin po ang aking nararamdaman (I hope you will also understand me. I also have a family like you. If your family is against what you are doing, do you get any sleep? That is also what I feel)."

Go said he will continue to serve the people in his capacity as senator.

He said he still has "mixed feelings" about leaving behind his supporters who have devoted considerable time and effort for him, but his mind is made up.

Go said he will support the presidential candidate who can continue the programs and reforms that the current administration has begun. He also expressed faith in the people's ability to elect leaders who will effectively serve them.

"Lahat naman po sila ay magagaling, and this is democracy. Bigyan po natin ang taumbayan, ang kapwa natin Pilipino, ng karapatan nilang mamili kung sino po 'yung nasa puso nila (All of them are good, and this is democracy. Let us give our countrymen, our fellow Filipinos, the right to decide for the candidate of their choice)," he said.

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