President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, March 11 said during the inauguration of newly constructed Port Operations Building (POB) at the Port of Dumaguete in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental that Senator Bong Go wants to become president.
“Ito ba si Senator Bong Go, pababa kami ng eroplano, sabi niya na: Sir may hihingin sana ako sayo na pabor. Sabi ko, ano? Sabi niya: Medyo it leaves a bad taste in the mouth malayo pa e, pero ikaw na lang ang magsabi sa kanila,” President Duterte said.
“Sabihin ko, ang totoo talaga, isang bagay lang, sabihin daw sa inyo gusto niya maging presidente,” the President added.
However, Senator Go, in a statement sent to Inqirer.net, said “I am very grateful for the trust given to me by the President. Salamat po sa tiwala pero alam naman po ng Pangulo na hindi talaga ako interesado. Biro lang ng Pangulo iyon. Please count me out sa usaping pulitika sa 2022.”
“Magbabago lang siguro ang isip ko kung tatakbong Vice President si Pangulong Duterte,” Go added.
The said Port Operations Building, that was inaugurated, forms part of the Philippine Ports Authority’s (PPA) aim to provide better and progressive port facilities and services across the country.
“It is a two-story building that will address the need for proper monitoring vessel of port arrivals and departures, and will provide a new and modern Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) for those traveling to nearby islands,” according to government.
It also features the Port Integrated Clearing Office (PICO) — a one-stop-shop intended to expedite the processing of entrance and departure clearances for domestic and foreign vessels and cargoes.