SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed gratitude for the trust and support given to him as he reiterated the need to focus on overcoming the pandemic and not politics.
The senator said that he remains focused on fulfilling his mandate despite the recent endorsement of PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) members for his candidacy for the presidency.
“Let me repeat, I’m not interested in running for president [in 2022],” Go said in a statement on Sunday.
“I’m tired and I know the job of a president since I’m always at the side of President [Rodrigo] Duterte,” he said.
“Let us first overcome the crisis brought by the pandemic,” he added.
“As I have said before, and I say it now again: I leave my fate to God, the Dutertes – whatever decision they would make when it comes to politics – and to the Filipino people, to whom I owe this privilege of serving you and without whom I would not be where I am now,” he added.
The senator thanked his partymates for their support to the Duterte administration and their trust in his capabilities.
Go said that while the upcoming election is less than a year away, leaders must not lose focus on serving the country and helping the people overcome this crisis.
“As chair of the Senate Committee on Health [and Demography], my focus right now is on helping our government in addressing the pandemic, saving lives and leading our people towards returning to normalcy as soon as possible. Vaccine first before politics,” he said.
Aside from going around the country listening and responding to the pleas of Filipinos in need, Go also continues to encourage the public to get inoculated in accordance with vaccination guidelines.
He said that efforts to raise public confidence in the vaccines are crucial to protect the population and attain herd immunity soon.
Data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed that out of the over 11.7 million Filipinos vaccinated at the time of the study with at least their first dose, only 735 were infected with and only 65 died from Covid-19.
As of August 1, according to FDA, out of those who were fully vaccinated, there were only 116 breakthrough infections. This represents only 0.0013 percent of the total fully vaccinated individuals then.
As of August 14, 27.55 million doses of the vaccines were already administered. Out of these, 15.09 million individuals got their first dose while 12.46 million completed their two doses.
“The Delta variant is unlike anything we have previously dealt with. It is highly dangerous especially among unvaccinated Filipinos,” Go said. “This is why I continue to appeal to every Filipino to trust and support the efforts of the government to address this Covid-19 problem by adhering to necessary health protocols and participating in the national vaccination program.”
He added, “As I have said before: We must leave no one behind. We have to be faithful to our duty to help those in need, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. This is why even as election talks continue to heat up as the days go by, I remain focused on helping communities affected by this health crisis and other unforeseen incidents.”
A recent survey of 1,500 registered voters conducted by Publicus Asia ranked Go first in terms of “overall trustworthiness” among the members of the Senate.
The Pahayag-Quarter 2 survey is an independent and non-commissioned poll conducted by the firm covering the period of July 13 to July 19, 2021.
In the same survey, Go also ranked third among senators in terms of overall performance rating.
Go said that responding to the immediate needs of communities in distress is his priority at this time given that the country is in a state of public health emergency.