By Gabriel Pabico Lalu | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos said Senator Bong Go’s withdrawal from the presidential race has allowed the consolidation of administration forces in his UniTeam ticket with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for the 2022 polls.
Marcos in a statement on Wednesday said Go’s ‘selfless gesture’ is a signal to the rest of the administration supporters to rally behind BBM-Sara UniTeam.
“The call for a unified nation is getting stronger by the day. The withdrawal of Sen. Bong Go from the presidential race reinforces this current and signals the consolidation of administration forces to the BBM-Sara UniTeam,” Marcos said.
“Sen. Bong Go clearly acted his part in strengthening those of us aligned with the Duterte Administration. His withdrawal only mirrored his worth as a true public servant, one who is willing to sacrifice his personal aspirations to serve a common purpose and a higher cause: a unified nation crucial to the national interest,” he added.
But while Marcos commended Go, he admitted being sad about Duterte’s withdrawal from the Senate race.
“On another note, we are saddened by the unexpected withdrawal of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from the Senate race. President Duterte has achieved so much for the country in a short period of time,” he said.
“Although we welcomed with utmost gladness when he earlier filed his Certificate of Candidacy for senator, we respect the wisdom in his decision to withdraw his CoC,” he added.
On Tuesday, Go and Duterte headed separately to the Commission on Elections to withdraw their candidacies, for president and senator, respectively.