Former Special Assistant to the President, and now Super Assistant to the People, Bong Go has broken into the senatorial winning circle in a spectacular way by landing in the 8th spot in the prestigious DZRH nationwide survey that asks Filipinos who they would vote for in the 2019 midterm elections.
The survey data was gathered through face-to-face interviews with 7,450 respondents representing voters from Metro Manila and the 73 provinces nationwide.
Sen. Cynthia Villar emerged as the early leader 61.8 percent of survey respondents saying they would vote for her. She was followed by Lito Lapid with 50.3 percent.
Clustered together in the third to sixth spots are Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano, Sen. Nancy Binay, and former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.
Vying for the seventh to eleventh spots are former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, former Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III, and retired Police National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Statistically-tied for the twelfth and final seat are Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, former Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, and Ilocos Norte Gov. Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos.
But the story of the survey is clearly Bong Go. Barely a year after his name was first mentioned by his mentor, President Rodrigo Duterte as a possible senate candidate, Go has emerged as one of the fastest rising political stars in the country. He has jumped from being a virtual unknown, brushed aside rivals with more popular names, and now possibly topping the senate race in his first ever election.
A large part of Bong Go success comes from his innate desire to help people, a trait that has been with him since he was a child growing up in Davao City, and honed to a razor sharp edge during his decades of apprenticeship under Duterte.
Listening to his stories about Duterte, it is clear that service to the people and a rock-solid commitment to doing everything humanly possible to improve the quality of life of every Filipino is what lies at the foundation of Bong Go’s career in public service.
This is the same drive that pushes him to visit all the victims of fire, floods, and other disasters. Console with the widows and orphans of soldiers and policemen who have fallen in the fight against criminals. Build all those Malasakit Centers to ease the burdens of indigent Filipinos. And put his name on the ballot for a seat in the senate, where he can protect the gains of this administration and continue to build on it long after President Duterte has left the stage.