By Genalyn Kabiling
Believing it was time for his long-time assistant to “shine” and “level up,” President Duterte has pledged full support for Christopher “Bong” Go if he decides to run for senator in next year’s elections.
“I will support Bong Go to the hilt,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said, quoting the President.
Go, who has served as Duterte’s special assistant since 1998, is one of the three administration officials who received the President’s endorsement during a meeting in Malacañang last Tuesday night. The two others were Presidential spokesman Harry Roque and Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, according to Andanar.
Andanar, one of the Cabinet men trying to convince Go to throw his hat in the political ring, said the Special Assistant to the President could easily win in the next year’s elections, citing his “very extensive” experience in public service alongside Duterte.
“It’s about time for SAP Bong Go to shine, to go up, grow more and level up and he will not stop him. Instead, he (Duterte) will support Bong Go to the hilt,” Andanar said during a news forum in Manila.
“I believe that SAP Bong Go’s vote will be the vote for the President. He is very winnable and my fearless forecast is he will land first to third slot,” he added.
Aside from Duterte, some Cabinet members also support Go by joining the public clamor for him to run for senator next year.
Prominent members of the Duterte Cabinet were present at the official launch of the “Ready, Set, Go!” movement in Manila, on Wednesday to urge Duterte’s right-hand man to aim for a Senate seat in 2019.
Aside from Andanar, also present were Roque, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, and National Security Adviser HermogenesEsperon Jr.
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) director Reynaldo Concordia, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy executive director Arnel Ignacio, Davao City 1st District Rep. KarloNograles, and Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte were also present. (With reports from Argyll B. Geducos and Hans Amancio)