Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, the Presidential daughter, displayed brilliant political savvy by endorsing the most trusted aide of her father, Secretary Bong Go, for the 2019 senatorial elections. Of course, the final decision on a Go senatorial run would depend on the President but if there is a genuine public clamor, the President would probably allow Go to run as a litmus test of the Duterte Administration since Go is perceived as a Digong clone. Inday Sara may have also trumped PDP Laban House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, with whom she has a running feud, since the PDP Laban tentative senatorial line-up is already more than the needed 12 candidates for senator. By selecting one candidate at a time Mayor Sara can cherry pick the nominees with the greatest chances of electoral victory. She is also showing that her choices have nothing to do with the official PDP Laban selection process since she is not a member of PDP Laban. PDP Laban can adopt her most popular candidate(s) in their ticket or Sara candidates can run as independents or be adopted by other national political parties.
Bong Go humbled by Sara Duterte’s endorsement for 2019 senatorial polls
Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday thanked Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for throwing her support in the event he decides to run for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
“I am humbled by the endorsement of our beloved city Mayor Inday Sara. The Dutertes, the Father, the Daughter, are my inspiration and the example of being a true public servant,” Go said in a statement.
“Kahit maaga pa po pag-usapan ang politika, ni di ko pa naisip ang tumakbo ngunit sa mga salitang binitiwan ng atin mahal na Mayora Inday Sara, ngayon palang nakakataba ng puso at nakakawala ng pagod kahit na 24 oras akong mag-trabaho,” he added.
Go also promised the Duterte family that he would continue serving President Rodrigo Duterte.
Sara, in an interview, vouched for Go’s qualifications, owing to his experience as the President’s top aide for two decades now. She said they will be “so proud” if there will be a senator from Davao City.
The President earlier quipped during the 116th anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on February 6 that Go’s appearance at the Senate inquiry on the controversial frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy, which was held two weeks later, can be his closest aide’s ticket to the Senate.
Go, in response, said he was not running as he vowed to serve Duterte until his last breath.
But Go’s stance seemed to have changed last week when Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, a former politician, expressed belief Go would make it to the top five of the Senate race.— Virgil Lopez/RSJ, GMA News
Go can’t make heads or tails on Senate run
Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go has received the endorsement of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for his possible run for the Senate next year.
“I am humbled by the endorsement of our beloved City Mayor Inday Sara. The Dutertes, the father, the daughter are my inspiration and the example of being a true public servant,” Go said.
However, Duterte’s closest aide maintained it is still too early to talk about politics or his plan to run for an elected position since he’s still undecided.
Nevertheless, he thanked the presidential daughter for the endorsement of his perceived candidacy.
Go said the Dutertes are his inspiration and he is grateful to the President’s daughter for her kind words.
The Davao mayor said she knew Go since she was young and praised the man’s loyalty to the President for whom he worked for decades.
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