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New Reform Party backs Bong Go’s vice presidential bid
Newly -FORMED Reform Party voiced its support for the candidacy of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go in the 2022 elections after it formed an alliance with the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.
Former Magdalo member and Reform Party leader James Layug said during a presser last Tuesday that the alliance seeks to ensure that the legacy programs of the Duterte Administration are sustained, including the ongoing campaign against drugs, criminality, and corruption.
According to Layug, the Reform Party has 80,000 members nationwide who are committed to supporting the vice presidential bid of Go. This is despite the fact that the party is “still in the process of selecting the next leader of our country that will be our partner and will advance our reform agenda,” added Layug.
In response, Go reaffirmed his pledge to continue advocating for the interests of the Filipinos. He also vowed to be a “working vice president” should the Filipino people decide to elect him.
“Maraming salamat po sa patuloy na paniniwala at suporta ninyo sa amin ni Pangulo at sa buong Administrasyong Duterte,” Go said.
“Patuloy nating iparamdan sa bawat sulok ng bansa ang mga magagandang programa at pagbabagong inumpisahan at ginagawa ng administrasyong ito,” he added.
The senator has also vowed to continue the legacy programs initiated by the current administration especially in healthcare, infrastructure development, and the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs.
“Of course, mga programang magaganda, mga Build Build Build, kampanya laban sa kriminalidad, korapsyon, iligal na droga… dapat maipagpatuloy ang mga iyan,” said Go.
“Mas nakakalakad na po sa gabi ang mga kababayan natin nang walang takot kumpara po noon. Kaya mga kababayan na natin ang huhusga kung may pagbabago ba sa inyong buhay sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte. ‘Yun po ang gusto kong ipagpatuloy at daragdagan ko pa po sa isang gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit,” he added.
Go’s vice presidential bid has garnered support from various individuals and groups. Greco Belgica, former chair of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, has already indicated his support for Go’s vice presidential bid, as has the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan group that he heads.
Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, in a letter, has also stated his support for Go, saying, “We fully endorse and support your candidacy for Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines in the 2022 National Elections.”
“You truly personify the essence of public service. And you have already shown your commitment and capabilities since you worked in Local Government and National Government with then Mayor and now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. And also your legislative work for the last three years is nothing short of outstanding,” the governor added, referring to Go.
Go was also the chosen top vice presidential candidate of 23.6 percent of respondents in Publicus Asia’s Pahayag-Quarter 3 survey, which was conducted from October 11 to 18.
According to the same survey, Go has the highest trust score among senators, retaining the top spot consistent with the earlier results in Quarter 2 conducted last July of this year.
Amid outpouring support for him, Go clarified that despite his vice presidential bid, his focus now is on his duty as senator and on helping the government and the people overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Pero sa ngayon, ayaw kong pag-usapan muna ang pulitika. Unahin muna nating malampasan ang krisis na dulot ng COVID-19. Bakuna muna bago pulitika,” he said.
“Tutukan muna natin ang economic recovery at ang pag-ahon mula sa pandemya. Ibalik natin ang sigla ng ekonomiya. Bigyan natin ng trabaho ang mga nawalan ng kabuhayan at siguraduhin nating walang magugutom. Higit sa lahat, huwag nating pabayaan ang mga mahihirap at walang matakbuhan,” he added.