MANILA, Philippines — After more than a week since he launched his presidential bid, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go on Thursday said that running for the country’s highest office “is a matter of destiny.”
“At present, I continue to seek guidance from the Divine Being for I believe that the Presidency is a matter of destiny. Kung para sayo yan, para talaga sayo yan,” Go said in a statement.
He felt that perhaps it is not yet time for him to push through with his sudden decision to run as president in the 2022 national and local elections.
“Running for the Presidency is something I have never dreamed of. Iniiwasan ko ang posisyon na ito, but fate — as I said — has a way of turning things around. Nagdesisyon ang partido at si Pangulong Duterte and I accepted the challenge.”
“Pero sa ngayon, baka hindi ko pa po panahon. Ako yung taong handang magsakripisyo para wala nang maipit, masaktan at mamroblema,” the senator said.
Go stated that days after he filed his certificate of candidacy, he came to a realization that his heart was not in it even as he considers other people around him, especially his family and President Rodrigo Duterte.
“But in the past few days po, I realized that my heart and mind are contradicting my own actions,” Go said. “Talagang nagreresist po ang aking katawan, puso at isipan. Pati po ang aking pamilya ay nahihirapan.”
“Ayoko na pong mahirapan si Pangulo at yung mga supporters natin. Mahal ko po si Pangulong Duterte. Matanda na rin po siya at ayaw ko siyang bigyan pa ng dagdag na problema,” he added.
Go said he is leaving his fate to God and is willing to sacrifice for the good of the country.
“Having said this, I leave my fate to God and the Filipino people as I vow to do my best every day to serve selflessly and tirelessly. I am willing to make the supreme sacrifice for the good of our country, and for the sake of unity among our supporters and leaders,” he said.
The lawmaker also said that no matter where his fate will take him, he commits that he will continue to do provide due service to the Filipino people in his own capacity.
“Marami namang paraan upang makatulong sa ating kapwa Pilipino. Ako naman, kahit saan man ako ipadpad ng aking tadhana, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo. Kung anuman ang aking magiging desisyon, ipapasa-Diyos ko na lang ang lahat alang-alang sa kung ano ang makakabuti sa bayan,” Go said. —/mbmf