At least 57 provincial governors, crossing party lines backed the candidacy for vice president of Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go and vowed to campaign tirelessly for his election to the country’s second highest elective position.
In a resolution, the governors said that as a long-time close aide to then Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte, Go has gained wide and valuable insights on and has had to confront problems relating to both local and national governance.
“Such experience has prepared him adequately for elective public office – as senator and hopefully as vice president. Having come from the ranks of local public servants, we have no doubt that Bong Go understands the issues we face 24/7 in our respective provinces,” the resolution said.
They added that Go has institutionalized the Malasakit Center, a project he and President Duterte started before the former presidential aide joined the Senate. Bong Go is the principal author of Republic Act No. 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.
“The senator from Mindanao has made affordable healthcare accessible to Filipinos through the Malasakit Center, which is a one-stop shop for medical and financial assistance several government agencies allocate for the sick, who now have to go to just one office instead of laboriously seeking help from one agency to another,” according to the governors.
The governors added that there are now at least 143 Malasakit Centers in the country.
“With our support, if he is elected vice president, Bong Go promises to continue President Duterte’s programs, particularly his campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption. These are some of the problems we continue to face as local officials, despite the administration’s gains in stamping out such nefarious activities,” the resolution said.
“Senator Go also promises to pursue the President’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program, which hastens economic development and provides jobs and incomes to our people in the country,” they added.
Among the signatories of the resolution include:
- Gov. Ben Evardone – Eastern Samar
- Gov. Edwin Ong – Northern Samar
- Gov. Michael Tan – Samar (Western)
- Gov. Dominic Petilla – Leyte
- Gov. Damian Mercado – Southern Leyte
- Gov. Roger Espina – Biliran
- Gov. Dax Cua – Quirino
- Gov Jim S Hataman Salliman – Basilan
- Gov. Jose Alvarez – Palawan
- Gov. Zaldy Villa – Siquijor
- Gov. Imelda Dimaporo – Lanao del Norte
- Gov. Edgar Tallado – Camarines Norte
- Gov. Migz Villafuerte – Camarines Sur
- Gov. Jose R Riano – Romblon
- Gov. Dale B. Corvera – Agusan del Norte
- Gov Jun Ebdane – Zambales
- Gov. Bonz Dolor – Oriental Mindoro
- Gov. Nancy Catamco – Province of Cotabato
- Gov. Arthur Yap – Province of Bohol
- Gov. Wilter Palma – Zamboanga Sibugay
- Gov Melchor Diclas- Benguet
- Gov Roberto Y. Uy – Zamboanga del Norte 23. Gov Oyie Umali Nueva Ecija
- Gov. Gwen Garcia – Cebu
- Gov. Noel Degamo – Negros Oriental
- Gov. Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo – Camiguin
- Gov. Presby Velasco – Marinduque
- Gov. Gerardo A. Noveras – Aurora Province
- Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III
- Gov. Maria Jocelyn Valera Bernos – Abra
- Gov. Hermilando Mandanas – Batangas
- Gov. Bonz Dolor – Oriental Mindoro
- Gov. Al Francis Bichara – Albay
- Gov. Jose Riano- Romblon
- Gov. Joven Miraflores – Aklan
- Gov. Ayik Pimentel – Surigao del Sur
- Gov. Vic Yu – Zamboanga del Sur7
38Gov. Sakor Tan – Sulu
39 Gov. Joseph Cua – Catanduanes
- Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan – Mt. Province
- Gov. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang – Apayao
- Gov Susan Yap Tarlac
- Rodito Albano III – Isabela
- Gov. Amado Espino III – Pangasinan
- Gov Frank Matugas – Surigao del Norte
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- Gov. Manuel Mamba- Cagayan
- Gov. Ramil Hernandez – Laguna
- Gov. Phillip Tan – Misamis Occidental
- Gov. Nini Ynares – Rizal
- Gov. Malou Cayco – Batanes
- Gov Mariam S. Mangudadatu Maguindanao
- Gov. Suharto T.Mangudadatu Sultan Kudarat
- Gov. Esteban Contreras – Capiz
- Gov. Bambi Emano – Misamis Oriental
- Gov. Ferdinand Tubban – Kalinga
- Gov. Danny Suarez – Quezon