Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go officially dropped out of the 2022 presidential race on Tuesday morning, December 14.
Go personally filed his withdrawal at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office in Manila two weeks after his initial announcement.
“As a matter of principle, wala na po ako sa karera sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo ngayong 2022,” Go said in an interview.
(I’m no longer in the presidential race for 2022.)
He continued: “Nakapagsalita na po ako last November 30. Naghintay lang ako ng kaunting panahon para ipaintindi sa supporters ko.”
(I already spoke about my decision on November 30. I just waited a little while so my supporters could absorb my decision.)
Go added he felt that it was the right time to file his withdrawal, that not even his party, the PDP-Laban, knew that he was filing the withdrawal Tuesday. “No one knows. Because if I let them know, many will know,” the senator said.
“I’m just looking for the right time. Honestly, I was the only one who came here. I just took a taxi. My security and driver, I didn’t inform them that I was going here.”
When asked who among the remaining presidential contenders he will support in next year’s polls, Go said he will support “who can continue the good programs started by President Duterte, Build, Build, Build program, help the poor.”
Initially, Go filed his COC for vice president. However, on November 13, he withdrew his first COC to seek the highest post in the country, substituting Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. – WhatALife.ph
With reports from the Philippines News Agency