SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go announced on Tuesday, November 30, his withdrawal from the presidential race for the 2022 elections.

“In the past few days, I realized in my heart and my mind are contradicting my actions. Talagang nagre-resist po ang aking katawan, puso, at isipan. Tao lang po ako, nasasaktan at napapagod din,” Go said during the 158th birth anniversary celebration of Andres Bonifacio at the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City.

He said his primary consideration for his decision are his family who were against his presidential candidacy and President Rodrigo Duterte to whom he served as aide for a long time.

“Ayaw rin talaga ng aking pamilya kaya naisip ko na hindi ko pa panahon sa ngayon. Diyos lang po ang nakakaalam kung kelan ang tamang panahon,” he said.

“Ayaw ko rin po na lalo maipit si Pangulong Duterte, higit pa po sa tatay ang pagmamahal ko sa kanya. Matanda na po siya at marami na siyang naibigay sa bayan kung kaya ayaw ko nang dagdagan pa ang kanyang problema. Nanatili akong tapat sa kanya at nangako akong sasamahan ko po siya habang buhay,” he added.

Go said he was the one willing to make the “supreme sacrifice” for the good of the country and for the sake of unity among their supporters and leaders.

He vowed to continue rendering “selfless and tireless” service to the Filipino people. (SunStar Philippines)