Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go would have preferred to serve in the background by being at the side of his mentor President Rodrigo Duterte until 2022 when they both expect to return to their hometown Davao City to continue in helping push the country’s development in their own quiet way.
That would not be the case, however, as a confluence of events had Go now leading the administration slate’s push towards the Senate.
Until close to the filing of certificates of candidacy last October, Go was reluctant about plunging into the political arena saying that he has committed himself to being Mr. Duterte’s top man in his rendering of service to the people.
With the President for two decades, Go is the person to approach to reach the chief executive. Wherever Duterte goes, he would almost always also be there.
It was Mr. Duterte who prodded Go to launch a bid for the Senate since the President needed somebody who he has his full trust on in Congress and nobody fits the tab more than his SAP.
In September, Mr. Duterte announced during an event with Filipinos based in Jordan that Go had sought his advice about gunning for the Senate.
“I said, let’s see first Bong because that would be difficult. But if the Filipinos in Jordan allow it, then okay,” Mr. Duterte said.
Go, despite the hint dropped by the President, said he’s still not interested but added “I leave it to the wisdom of the President.”
His dedication to public service, however, is undeniable as he has been shuttling from one disaster area to another particularly in communities devastated by fire. Asked how he has been able to keep up with his punishing schedule, Go humbly indicated that his only vice is providing service.
His decision to plunge into politics was anchored on pursuing the goals of the President.
The public was quick to equate Go with Mr. Duterte’s dedication to uplift the welfare of Filipinos.
His poll ranking started at around 22nd to 27th place but quickly picked up and he is now within striking distance of the lead in the pre-poll surveys giving Go a good chance at becoming the topnotcher in the Senate race.
While a victory in the Senate race for Go would be bittersweet, as this would also mean leaving his boss, who has heavily relied on him for the good part of his political life, Go knows that he would be indulging his vice of service by helping the President and the nation.