Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, magpapahinga na sa pulitika: "Today, I am announcing my retirement from politics"

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, magpapahinga na sa pulitika: "Today, I am announcing my retirement from politics"

- President Rodrigo Duterte surprised everyone when it was long-time aide and companion, Sen. Bong Go, who filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for Vice President

- Earlier, the two went to the Harbor Garden Tent to file the Certificate of Candidacy of what many thought would be Pres. Duterte

- After Sen. Go went to the podium and state the reason why he is running for VP, the President also took the podium to announce that he is heeding the public clamor for him to retire and is doing so beginning today

- The question on the minds of everyone now is who would the senator be supporting for President

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President Rodrigo Duterte pulled off a surprise today when instead of him filing his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for Vice President, it was his long-time aide, Sen. Bong Go who did.

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, magpapahinga na sa pulitika: "Today, I am announcing my retirement from politics"
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 20th ASEAN China Summit on the sideline of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. (Photo by LINUS ESCANDOR II/AFP)
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The two went to the Harbor Garden Tent this afternoon to file the COC of, what everyone thought then, of Pres. Duterte.

When everyone saw that it would be Sen. Bong Go who would be filing his COC for president, media immediately scrambled to hear what they had to say.

After submitting the duly filled form, the senator went up the podium to address the waiting crowd.

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“Napagdesisyunan kong tumakbo bilang Bise Presidente sa darating na halalan upang maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang program at tunay na pagbabagong naumpisahan ni Pang. Duterte at sisikapin nating dagdagan pa ang mga ito,” Sen. Bong Go said.

On the part of Pres. Duterte, who also took the podium to address the people, he said he has decided to retire from politics.

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“In obedience to the will of the people who after all placed me in the presidency many years ago, I now say sa mga kababayan ko, sundin ko ang gusto ninyo and today I announce my retirement from politics,” the president said.

As Sen. Go did not announce who he would be supporting for president, many began speculating who would it be.

With the deadline of the filing of candidacy still several days ahead, the Filipino people would be in for more surprises, including who would be the President of VP-aspirant, Sen. Bong Go.

Christopher Lawrence Tesoro Go, more popularly known as Bong Go, is a Pinoy politician who currently sits as a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines having been elected into office during the 2019 elections. Sen. Bong Go was born on June 14, 1974 to Desiderio Go, a businessman based in Davao City, and Marichu Tesoro-Go. He is the grandson of August Tesoro, whose family established one of the biggest printing press companies in Davao City. Sen. Go went to the De La Salle University, where he earned his Management degree. He later went on to work as a special assistant and personal aide to then-Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte in 1998. When Duterte won as President in 2016, Bong Go went on to become the Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and also became Head of the Presidential Management Staff until October of 2018 when he resigned due to his filing for candidacy for the Philippine Senate. At present, Sen. Go chairs the Committee on Health and Demography.

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In August, Sen. Bong Go almost figured in what could have been a tragic accident when the helicopter he was riding encountered some difficulties mid-air while en route from Zamboanga City to Basilan on Saturday. The aircraft and everyone on board narrowly escaped a tragic fate when the pilot successfully and safely landed the chopper. The pilots told Sen. Go that a strong tailwind somehow began pushing the chopper down in mid-flight. The senator said that he thought it was the end of him but also added that he’s ready to die for the country.

Some critics have been alleging that some friends of Sen. Bong Go profited from their close relationship with the senator. Robin Padilla, who happens to be one of the closest friends of Sen. Go, fired back at critics saying he never earned money by being a friend of Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte. Robin added that he was offered to have a government position but he declined it because he did not want to spend time away from his family and his showbiz career. The actor also clarified that the reason he supports Go and Duterte are because he knows how genuine they are in caring and serving the Filipino people. Go is always willing to risk his life for the sake of public service, Robin said.


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