Bayan for Bong Go movement launched

Published April 9, 2018, 10:09 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Yas Ocampo

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go could hear the clamor coming from Davao City even as he was miles away accompanying his boss, President Rodrigo Duterte for a state visit in China, Monday night.

(Manila Bulletin)
(Manila Bulletin)

Go, endearingly called SAP after his position, heard the cheers via phone patch from volunteers who were organized into the Bayan for Bong Go (B4BG) movement, a movement of supporters urging the official to run for the Senate in the next national elections.

The official called up organizers of the movement through Viber and addressed them in between schedules while he was in China along with the President’s entourage.

SAP Go was apologetic, asking for patience from the supporters as he intends to focus on work in the next few months instead of any political plans.

“Bigyan niyo lang ako ng konteng panahon, trabaho po muna ako ngayon,” he said. “Marami pa akong dapat gawin na trabaho. Sana maintindihan niyo ako.”

However, Go said he would be deciding soon, four months before the deadline of the filing of candidacy for the 2019 Senate elections.

“Pagdating ng panahon magdedecide naman po ako, at sana nandiyan pa rin kayo, at magsama sama tayo.”

Go said that the Office of the President continues to be open to help those who are in need.

The B4BG movement was launched at the Grand Regal Hotel Monday night.

The group said it was relying on the manpower of the barangay leaders in the 42,000 barangays in the Philippines.

Around 1,200 volunteers, mostly barangay and local government officials coming from Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and the regions in Mindanao, including those in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, were in attendance.

Organizers said they were thinking of pushing for Isabela or Ilocos as the next location of a road show to urge SAP Go to consider the legislative position.