Senator Bong Go announced that he’s withdrawing from the 2022 presidential race.
BONG GO — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go announced on Tuesday that he’s withdrawing from the 2022 presidential race.
In an ambush interview in San Juan, the senator said that he realized in his heart and mind were contradicting his actions in the past few days.
“Talagang nagre-resist po ang aking katawan, puso, at isipan. Tao lang po ako, nasasaktan at napapagod din,” Go said. “Sa ngayon po, ‘yun ang mga rason ko. That is why I am withdrawing from the race.”
According to him, he didn’t want President Rodrigo Duterte trapped in the middle ahead of the 2022 elections.
The senator also said that his family really didn’t like it either.
“Ayaw rin talaga ng aking pamilya kaya naisip ko na siguro ay hindi ko pa panahon sa ngayon. Diyos lang ang nakakaalam kung kailan ang tamang panahon,” Go said. “Ayaw ko ring maipit si Pangulong Duterte higit pa sa tatay ang pagmamahal ko sa kanya.”
Go’s statement came almost a week after he admitted that he’s still waiting for “a sign from God” on whether or not he should push through with his presidential bid in the 2022 elections.
The senator previously expressed his willingness to make the “supreme sacrifice” for the good of the country, admitting that he continued to “seek guidance from the Divine Being” since the presidency was “a matter of destiny”.
“Kung para sayo ‘yan, para sayo talaga ‘yan,” the senator said at that time.
Go served as special assistant to President Duterte before getting elected senator in 2019.