ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) — It pays to be the biggest pre-election campaign spender and to always be physically present in the sorties of President Rodrigo Duterte even after resigning as Special Assistant to the President (SAP).
Former SAP Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has tied with reelectionist senator Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Jr. for the 3rd to 5th spot in the race for 12 Senate seats in the May 2013 elections, according to the Pulse Asia Research’s February 2019 Pulso ng Bayan Pre-Electoral Survey results released Monday.
In the March 2018 survey of Pulse Asia, Go ranked 28th to 38th; in June, he was 23rd to 31st along with former Secretary Francis Tolentino who is now ranked 11th to 15th and in September, Go ranked 22nd to 27th.
In the December 2018 Pulse Asia survey, Go ranked 14th to 16th and in January tied with former Senator Jinggoy Estrada for the 6th to 12th rank.
In a statement, Go thanked his supporters for believing in his capabilities and sincerity in serving the country. “Muli po, maraming salamat sa aking mga supporters na naniniwala sa aking kakayahan at katapatan maglingkod karugtong ng aking hangarin na mag-serbisyo sa Pilipino. Nakakataba po ng puso ang inyong pagtitiwala.”
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism in its report last month on pre-election campaign advertisements from January 2018 to January 2019, said Go, whose declared net worth was 12.85 million pesos was “the biggest spender thus far among all 61 candidates for senator,” totaling 422.5 million pesos.
Senator Grace Poe sustains her lead in the senatorial race followed by another reelectionist, Cynthia Villar. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)