Bong Go insists he’s not interested in Senate seat

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2018 07:49 PM

MANILA - Special Assistant to the President Bong Go on Friday stressed he is not interested in running for senator, after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he would like President Rodrigo Duterte’s most trusted aide to join the senatorial slate of the ruling party.

“Ang sagot ko po sa pa-anyaya ni Speaker Alvarez: Inuulit ko po, hindi po ako interesado tumakbo sa senado sa 2019,” Go said in a statement.

“Magsisilbi po ako kay Mayor Duterte hanggang kamatayan, kung hindi man ako mauna. Pero kung tutuparin ni Speaker Alvarez ang pangako nyang kunin akong ninong sa kasal nya, baka mag bago po isip ko.”

Alvarez made the announcement in a speech during the mass oath-taking of new Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) party members in Negros Oriental.

“I’d like to convince someone to run for senator. I’d like to convince Christopher Lawrence Go...," he said.

The lawmaker said he wants Go, who hails from Davao City, to run under PDP because the party needs to field a candidate from Mindanao.

Other personalities being floated by Alvarez as possible senatorial candidates of the party are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, Maguindanao Rep. Sajid Mangudadatu, and Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez.