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PDP eggs Bong Go: ‘Keep fighting’

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Two PDP Laban ranking officials expressed hope that the ruling party could still convince Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the 2022 presidential race.

PDP Laban secretary-general Melvin Matibag and membership committee head Astravel Pimentel-Naik pointed out that since Go has not officially withdrawn yet, he remains the ruling party’s standard-bearer in the next year’s polls.

“The party is hoping that Senator Go will pursue his 2022 bid because I agree with President Duterte that many people were saddened by his announcement that he’s already backing out,” Matibag said in an interview with Daily Tribune’s Gising Na!

“Many people long for continuity of the programs of the President. The true continuity will only happen if it is Sen. Bong Go who will lead the nation in 2022 until the next election,” he added.

Last Wednesday, Go indicated that he is no longer seeking the presidency, but he has yet to formalize his withdrawal before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“We saw that he was not ambitious, he just really wants to serve. He is not ambitious. His ambition is only to serve, that’s more reason for us to have more clamor,” Matibag said.

What’s definite at this point, Matibag said, the party will abide by President Duterte’s instruction and guidance.

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

Matibag said PDP Laban’s national executive committee meeting has set the standards in choosing which candidate to endorse.

“That person should embrace and should be aligned to the principles of PDP Laban, and equally important is his will to pursue continuity of President Duterte’s programs,” he noted.

He advised local candidates of PDP Laban not to lose hope because Duterte will remain true to his word that he will go to “every municipality and province” to campaign for them.

Meanwhile, Naik said the party would still try to encourage Go to seek the presidency.

“We still have hope, of course, to convince him not to withdraw. That’s my personal take, not the party’s, because we still have to go through the national council meeting,” Naik said.

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