Alvarez to prod Bong Go to run for senator
Special Assistant to the President Sec. Christopher Lawrence âBongâ Go. KING (Bong Co) RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Thursday that he would persuade Special Assistant to the President Sec. Christopher Lawrence âBongâ Go to join the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) senatorial slate for the 2019 polls.
Alvarez, in a speech during the oath-taking of new PDP-Laban members in Negros Oriental, said he wanted Go to join the ruling partyâs slate to represent Mindanao even though the aide had already thumbed down such possibility.
âIâd like to convince someone to run for senator. Iâd like to convince Christopher Lawrence Goâ"do you know him? No?â Alvarez said in his speech during the oath-taking of new PDP-Laban members in Negros Oriental.ADV ERTISEMENT
Go had already said that he was not interested for any position in the government because he is committed to serving President Rodrigo Duterte ââtil kingdom come.â
âI have dedicated my life to serving PRRD (Duterte) and I am committed to stand beside him âtil kingdom come,â he said in a statement last week.
Duterte urged Go to attend the Senate investigation on the Philippine Navyâs P15.7-billion frigate deal, saying it would be his aideâs âgolden opportunityâ to become a senator.
Go has been accused of intervening in the Navyâs selection of the weapons system supplier but the aide had denied this and said he was open for a probe to take place.
He has been the Presidentâs assistant since 1998.
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Alvarez also said that among those being groomed as senatorial candidates are Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali, Magu indanao 2nd District Rep. Sajid Mangudadatu, and Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo âAlbeeâ Benitez.
âIt has been too long since we had a Muslim senator,â Alvarez said, referring to Mangudadatu.ADVERTISEMENT
Umali heads the House committee on justice, which is hearing Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Serenoâs impeachment proceedings.
Benitez, on the other hand, is the third richest at the House of Representatives with P942.9-million net worth as of December 2016. His is one of the founders of gaming company, Leisure and Resorts World Corp.
As early as last year, Alvarez had already listed his nominees to PDP-Laban senatorial ticket. It includes Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, and Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles.
Alvarez also mentioned Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman and former Metro Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino.
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