Bong Go to run for vice president in 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2)— Senator Bong Go is now seeking a higher government post after filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice president in the 2022 polls.

Go submitted to the Commission on Elections his COC on Saturday at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, where he was accompanied by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Go will be running under the ruling PDP-Laban party — which earlier nominated him as its standard bearer for next year's elections. The senator at the time rejected the endorsement, saying he was not interested in seeking the presidency.

As questions mounted on his surprise move, Go explained he decided to "take on the challenge" after Duterte withdrew his bid.

"Napag-desisyunan kong tumakbo bilang bise presidente sa darating na halalan upang maipagpatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at tunay na pagbabagong naumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte at sisikapin nating dagdagan pa ang mga ito," Go said, citing the current administration's programs — including the anti-drug campaign and "Build, Build, Build."

[Translation: I decided to run as vice president in the upcoming elections to continue the good programs and change started by President Duterte — and we'll try to accomplish more.]

Should he get elected, Go said he would be a "working vice president."

"Hindi ako magiging spare tire o reserba lamang. Asahan ninyo na ako ay totoong magtatrabaho — hindi lang sa salita, kundi sa gawa," added Go, a long-time former aide of Duterte.

[Translation: I won't be a spare tire or reserve. You can count on me to really do the work — not only through words, but also through action.]

Duterte — who earlier accepted PDP-Laban's endorsement to run for the second highest post — decided to withdraw from the race and announced he was retiring from politics.