Members of Sulong Ang Pag-unlad Movement composed of SAP Bong Go’s supporters
SAN JUAN CITY,Philippines – Supporters of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go gathered at Club Filipino in Greenhills on Thursday, May 17, to launch “Sulong Ang Pag-unlad” or “SAP” Movement which aims to encourage Go to pursue election in the Senate in 2019.
Some 600 members who are former and current government officials from different parts of the country, joined representatives from various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and businessmen to form the group.
Former Caloocan Representative Mitch Cajayon-Uy, the movement’s chairperson, said they have seen Go’s potential to run in the 2019 mid-term elections especially with the way he presented himself and answered criticisms during the Senate probe on the controversial P15.7-billion frigate deal of the Philippine Navy. They trust Go’s abilities to push the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Sabi namin maaari palang mangyari na ang administrasyong Duterte ay puwede pang maipagpatuloy hanggang sa Senado through SAP Bong Go,” she said.
(It gave us hope that the legacy of the Duterte administration may continue through SAP Bong Go in the Senate.)
According to Cajayon-Uy, members willingly contributed monetary support to the formation of the movement. She added that they are continuously accepting membership to further support Go.
Go was not able to attend the launching as he was with the President. Nevertheless, Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) represented him and conveyed his message to his supporters.
Andanar, citing Go, said the Special Assistant to the President is still contemplating as to whether or not he would consider the offer to run in the senatorial race. Andanar said Go is monitoring how his ranking plays in the surveys. Andanar added that being the President’s direct link to the people, Go vows to continue the President’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, and support his anti-poverty efforts.
“Therefore kung siya po ang tulay sa presidente, si Sec. Bong Go din po ang tulay ng taong nagrerepresent ng pagbabago,” Andanar said.
(Therefore, if he is the link to the President, Sec. Bong Go is also the people’s link toward change.)
Meanwhile, Sta. Rosa, Laguna Mayor Danilo Fernandez said he admires Go for being low-profile and a “behind-the-scene” worker to the President. He believes that such character is what makes Go stand out from others.
“Iyong mga taong tahimik pero nakakakilos ng maganda at nakakapag trabaho ay naniniwala tayo na may karapatan na maging senador ng ating bansa,” Fernandez concluded.
(People who are quiet but honorable in their actions and efficient at their job has the right to be in the Senate.)
Fernandez denounced membership from the Liberal Party (LP) to join the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban.) – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo