After Senate win, Bong Go says 'time to unite'

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2019 03:43 PM | Updated as of May 14 2019 04:33 PM

DAVAO CITY - Former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday urged Filipinos to unite, following a highly divisive elections.

Go appears headed to the Senate after garnering 19.81 million votes, with 94.85 percent of results counted, based on data from the Commission on Elections transparency server.

In a statement, he appealed to the public to unite and work for the betterment of the country.

“Tapos na ang halalan. Panahon nang magkaisa na tayong lahat para simulan ang mas mahalagang gawain sa pagsusulong ng kaunlaran ng ating bayan,” he said.

(The elections has ended. It's time for us to unite and work on the things important in making our country better.)

“Sama-sama nating iangat ang katayuan ng bawat Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyo mula sa gobyernong nagmamalasakit sa tao.”

(Let's uplift each other through fast and reliable government service.)

Go also thanked his long-time boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, for his good showing in the Senate race.

“Itinuturing kong pangalawang ama at guro si Pangulong Duterte. Sa pagsiserbisyo ko sa kanya, nahubog ako sa tunay na serbisyong Tatak Duterte,” he said.

(I consider President Duterte as my second father and teacher. By serving, I learned how to serve Duterte-style.)

“Mas naging malawak ang aking pananaw sa buhay at mas naging malalim ang aking pagkakaunawa sa tunay na pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan.”

(It widened my views in life and I became more aware of the real needs of our countrymen.)

Go’s success in the Senate race is the story of the 2019 polls, according to political science professor Julio Teehankee, noting that the long-time Duterte aide emerged from the sidelines to become one of the frontrunners in the May polls. Go enjoyed personal endorsement from Duterte, who even accompanied him when he filed his certificate of candidacy. 

Go only had a 5.9 percent voter preference in the March 2018 survey of Pulse Asia. About a week before the May 13 elections, this figure rose to 42 percent, making go one of the frontrunners in the senatorial race. The results of the surveys were reflected in the elections as far as Go is concerned.