Go says Duterte will continue to fulfill his duty as President even as his term nears end

Published February 10, 2022, 9:09 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has maintained that President Duterte did his best in serving the country and would continue to fulfill his duty as President, making sure that no time is wasted in serving the Filipino people until the last day of his term.

President Rodrigo Duterte (right) and Senator Bong Go during their visit at Barangay Tisa, Cebu City on Dec. 23, 2021. (Malacañang photo)

Go issued the statement after President Duterte, during his Talk to the People address on February 7, said that he has already packed his belongings so he would vacate Malacañang early, with his term ending in four months.

“Ganun naman talaga ang buhay. Lahat ng mga bagay ay may pagtatapos. Kaya naghahanda na si Pangulong Duterte dahil alam naman nating patapos na ang kanyang termino (That’s the reality of life. Everything has its own end. President Duterte is preparing as he we aware that his term will soon end),” he said.

“Ginawa niya ang kanyang tungkulin sa abot ng kanyang makakaya (He did his job to the best of his ability),” he added.

Duterte’s term began on June 30, 2016, when he was sworn in as the Philippines’ 16th President.

“I am packing my things… So I should be out…by March. I won’t be here anymore by April. I won’t sleep here anymore. Wherever God will bring me, I will practice sleeping there,” Duterte earlier said.

Meanwhile, Go said that Duterte is ensuring a smooth transition of power for the next elected top leader of the country.

“Gusto rin niyang siguraduhing maayos ang transition patungo sa susunod na administrasyon ng kung sino man ang pipiliin ng taumbayan sa halalan (He wants a smooth transition for the next administration),” he pointed out.

Until that day comes, Go assured that the President would keep on serving the Filipino people.

“He will definitely continue to work until the last day of his term,” emphasized the senator from Davao.

Regarding any endorsement of a presidential candidate by Duterte, Go reiterated that the President alone would make the final decision on whom to endorse, if at all.

“Abangan na lang po natin at magtiwala tayo sa kanyang pagpapasyahan (We will just wait and trust in his decision),” he ended.