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PDP does not regret choosing Bong Go

PDP Laban is made up of principled individuals. It is a party borne of the hardships of many before us and raised shoulder to shoulder by its members and their commitment to the party values. The party is destined to win

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The ruling PDP Laban party expressed no regrets in endorsing Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for its standard-bearer despite his withdrawal from the May 2022 presidential race.

PDP Laban President and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi made the statement on Wednesday, taking pride in Go’s “reaffirmation of patriotism and display of honorable resolve.”

“The party was correct in endorsing Senator Bong Go,” Cusi stressed. “Whatever reasons Senator Go had in announcing his withdrawal, we respect and honor his resolve and greatly appreciate his intentions behind them: to ensure the country’s welfare.”

The Energy chief pointed out that after all, Go’s presidential bid was motivated by his will to continue the reforms and programs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

“I respect the decision of Senator Bong Go on his candidacy… a man of principle, who took inspiration from the national hero, Andres Bonifacio who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” he said.

Cusi also expressed confidence that whatever path Go chooses, he will be of great help.

“PDP Laban is made up of principled individuals. It is a party borne of the hardships of many before us and raised shoulder to shoulder by its members and their commitment to the party values. The party is destined to win,” he said.

Despite this, Cusi assured his party mates and local candidates that the party will move forward and choose the presidential candidate it will carry for the upcoming polls.

“PDP Laban remains as the ruling party and has a long bench of capable and extraordinary leaders who will continue with their service to their communities and stakeholders, whether this is in the barangays, municipalities, the districts, their provinces, partylist groups, or in the national level,” he said.

“PDP Laban basic principles will lead the party in determining the right candidate to support because after all, it is not a personality we support, but an opportunity given to someone who will hold the country’s future in his hands,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary and PDP Laban executive vice president Karlo Nograles said the party is now open to adopting a presidential candidate from another political party.

Meanwhile, Senator Go’s website was hacked and defaced on Tuesday — hours after he announced his withdrawal from the presidential race.

Pinoy Grayhats, a Filipino cybersecurity group, stole access to kuyabonggo.ph but vowed it will not leak any data from the website.

The hacker organization, however, used the website to call for the implementation of vulnerability disclosure programs (VDP) for government assets in the country.

According to IT security company Bugcrowd, VDP aims to “create clear guidelines for researchers to submit security vulnerabilities to organizations while also helping organizations mitigate risk by supporting and enabling the disclosure and remediation of vulnerabilities before they are exploited.”

The senator’s site was still up as of 1 December but can no longer be accessed.

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