VICE presidential aspirant and senator Christopher “Bong” Go said he is ready to work with the next president, regardless of who Filipinos will choose, to create new jobs and expand further the country’s infrastructure development in order to reduce poverty and hunger while also improving the delivery of health services to underserved communities.
Go filed his Certificate of Candidacy on Saturday, October 2, emphasizing the need for continuity beyond 2022 to provide a solid foundation for the country’s recovery and build a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient economy post the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is with humility that I submit to the Filipino people my candidacy for Vice President in the coming elections. I have done this after much discernment and reflection because I want to continue the programs and meaningful changes that President Rodrigo Duterte started as well as improve on them,” said Go in his recent column.
“I promise to be a working Vice President who will do all I can to serve you. I am not going to be a spare tire or glorified reserve … I will carry the President’s principles and political will with me so that we can continue the good journey we started in 2016,” he emphasized.
The Senator reaffirmed his commitment to the President’s crusade against illegal drugs, crime and corruption. He also pledged to push for the continuation of programs and projects, such as the “Build, Build, Build” and Malasakit Centers programs, that will bring about a more convenient, comfortable, and prosperous life for all Filipinos.
Go especially vowed the completion of the administration’s flagship infrastructure projects that will improve mobility for millions and foster growth in regions that have lost jobs and businesses due to the pandemic.
Despite the upcoming elections, the legislator reassured that helping those who need government attention the most will remain his primary focus. He reaffirmed his determination to fulfill his role as a bridge for the needy, hopeless, and helpless by bringing their voices to the forefront and ensuring their concerns are addressed by the government.
The senator likewise promised that his office would continue to support the ongoing COVID-19 response by giving relief to communities and pushing for increased access to health care through the Malasakit Centers program. The program, which he initiated in 2018, was institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463 that Go principally authored and sponsored in the Senate.
Go encouraged Filipinos to remain vigilant as the nation grapples with the impacts of COVID-19 and urged them to responsibly exercise their right to choose their next leaders.
“I want to be remembered as a public servant na nalalapitan ng sinumang ordinaryong mamamayan at buong pusong nagsisilbi para sa ikabubuti ng bansa. This is what President Duterte and I are about: all-out service,” said Go.
“Our hearts will always be for the Filipino people. To my kababayans, let us make sure that the next administration will prioritize the continuity we need so that we can achieve even greater things for this generation and the next. This unity and continuity are the driving forces that will help us sustain our momentum going forward.”