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Sen. Bong Go earns governors’ support

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If support from the provincial leaders would be the gauge, a single vice-presidential aspirant could be holding a big edge over the other hopefuls if the national elections are held now.

A total of 52 out of 81 governors in the country have vowed to support the candidacy of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go who is vying for vice president in the 2022 polls.

In a press statement, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone said at least 11 additional provincial leaders signed a resolution signifying their commitment to support Go on Wednesday, increasing the number from 41 to 52.

“We, provincial governors, crossing party lines, support the candidacy for vice president of Sen. Bong Go and vow to campaign tirelessly for his election to the country’s second-highest elective position,” Evardone said on behalf of the governors.

“As a long-time close aide to then Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Bong Go has gained wide and valuable insights on and has had to confront problems relating to both local and national governance,” he added.

The provincial leaders also laud the senator’s flagship project — Malasakit Center and its institutionalization through Republic Act 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.

They also commended Go’s advocacy to continue the programs of the Duterte administration if he will be elected into office, including the fight against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption as well as the pursuance of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

Among the signatories are Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, Marinduque Gov. Presby Velasco, Northern Samar Gov. Edwin Ong, and Quirino Gov. Dax Cua.

Also included are Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez, Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez, Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas, Romblon Gov. Jose R. Riano and Rizal Gov. Nini Ynares.

On Saturday, Go formally filed his certificate of candidacy for VP replacing President Rodrigo Duterte who opted to retire from politics after the expiry of his term.

He will run under the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan.

While the ruling party has yet to name a standard bearer to serve as his running mate, Go stressed that he can work with anyone towards the goal of giving better service to the public amid reports of a Bongbong Marcos-Bong Go tandem that may surface over time as the former senator has already filed his CoC seeking the presidential post.

“I can work with anyone. I don’t have any reservations when it comes to serving the public and I will definitely honor the public’s sentiments on who they will vote as president,” Go said.

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