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Bong Go takes a taxi to formally quit presidential run

The senator told reporters he did not inform anyone — even his own political party — of his move to file his withdrawal today but clarified that he had talked to President Duterte about it

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Senator Bong Go

Presidential aspirant Sen. Bong Go on 14 December officially withdrew his candidacy for president in the 2022 national elections.

Saying he just took a taxi alone, Go arrived at the main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at around 10:46 a.m. to formalize his withdrawal from the presidential race — 14 days after he announced his decision on 30 November.

“Desidido na ko. Matagal na akong desido, sabi ko nga po talagang nagre-resist ang aking puso at isipan sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo. Andito po ako, handang magserbisyo sa aking kapwa,” he told reporters in a chance interview.

The former aide of President Duterte pointed out he did not inform anyone — even his own political party — of his move to file his withdrawal today but clarified that he had talked to Duterte about it.

“Wala pong nakakaalam. Ni driver ko hindi alam, sumakay lang po ako ng taxi,” he said.

“Kay PRRD matagal na kami nag-usap. Sabi ko lang po right timing at pinapaintindi ko sa aking supporters ang aking pag withdraw,” he added.

He said the President has yet to decide on who to support in the 9 May 2022 polls but hinted it would be a candidate who would vow to continue the legacy programs of the Duterte administration.

Go ran for president with the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) party.

He initially filed his candidacy for vice-president with PDP-Laban but later withdrew to run for president.

His formal withdrawal today leaves the ruling PDP-Laban with no standard-bearers and raises the question of who Duterte will endorse in the elections.

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