Bong Go casts vote as first-time candidate

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 12:19 PM | Updated as of May 13 2019 02:17 PM

DAVAO CITY (UPDATE) - Former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday cast his vote for the midterm elections, also his first as a candidate for an elective post.

Go, the most trusted aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, arrived at the Buhangin Central Elementary School, Davao City at around 9 a.m.

He waited in line for more than two hours before he was able to get his ballot to cast his vote.

Go said he guarantees that he will maintain independence from the Palace even though the person occupying it is his long-time boss.

“Yes. Ako uunahin ko ang Pilipino. Serbisyo, serbisyo, serbisyo. Pero susuportahan ko po si Pangulong Duterte dahil alam ko ginagawa ni Pangulong Duterte ang tama at ano po ang dapat gawin sa ating bayan,” Go told reporters at a chance interview after voting.

Before heading to the polling station, Go paid a short visit to the Carmelite Monastery where he said a prayer and held a private meeting with nuns and priests.

The long-time Duterte aide went to the polling station armed with confidence brought by the results of pre-election surveys.

In the last pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia on May 3-6, Go was at 3rd to 7th spot with a voting preference of 42 percent, a significantly higher figure than what he got over a year ago on March 2018 at 5.9 percent.

Duterte’s all-out endorsement of Bong Go is credited for the political neophyte’s meteoric rise in pre-election surveys.

The endorsement of influential sect Iglesia Ni Cristo is also seen to boost Go’s Senate bid, as the group is estimated to deliver over 1 million votes through its bloc-voting practice.