TAAL, Batangas - Senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday credited his long-time boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, for his meteoric rise in the pre-election surveys.
Go said he believes Duterte’s continued popularity halfway into his 6-year term affects how the public perceives him.
“Guide naman po itong surveys. Maraming salamat po. Ibig sabihin tumataas ang tiwala sa akin ng mga kababayan natin,” Go told reporters on the sidelines of his campaign sortie here.
(These surveys serve as guides. Thank you. This means the trust of the people in us has also increased.)
“Sa akin, unang una, dahil po ito kay Pangulong Duterte. Iyung tiwala nila sa gobyerno ni Pangulong Duterte ay nadala rin po ako.”
(For me, this is because of President Duterte. People's trust in the administration of President Duterte carried me through.)
In the September 2018 survey of Pulse Asia, a month before the filing of the certificate of candidacy, Go only landed on the 22nd to 27th spot.
Backed by a strong political machinery, Go cracked the winners’ circle in Pulse Asia’s February survey, landing in the 6th to 12th spot.
He then zoomed to the 3rd to 5th spot in the March survey, just behind consistent frontrunners, reelectionist senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe. He maintained the same spot in the April survey.
Despite his controversial policies and brash language, Duterte continues to enjoy the support of majority of Filipinos.
The chief executive’s net satisfaction rating went up from plus-60 in December to plus-66 in the first quarter of the year, tying a personal high he set in June 2017, according to another major pollster, Social Weather Stations.
Go on Friday visited Batangas, home province of his maternal grandparents who migrated to Davao City.
He said while Taal is the hometown of opposition bet human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, he expected a warm welcome from locals because he is a Batangueño himself. Go’s relatives from his mother’s side, the Tesoros, hail from Tanauan City.
“Pareho kaming Batangueño. Hindi lang ako pinanganak dito pero pareho ang dugo namin, may dugo rin akong Batangueño.”
(We are both Batangueños. Even though I was not born here, we are both Batangueños.)