By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Philippine Star

“Please count me out po.”

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said this on Saturday when he was asked for running for a higher position in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Go said he is currently focusing in addressing the problems being encountered amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Huwag niyo po ako isama dyan sa usapang election,” Go said during the Laging Handa online press briefing.

“Importante po malampasan muna natin itong pandemya na ito, dahil kung hindi natin malalampasan itong pandemya na ito, wala na po tayong eleksyon na pagu-usapan,” Go added.

In December 2020 survey conducted by Pulse Asia, Go was among those named as possible presidential contenders in 2022 polls.

The leading contender, according to the survey, is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

This is not the first time the senator denied running for higher office in upcoming elections.

In February last year, President Rodrigo Duterte said Go may be gunning to be his successor. However, Go said Duterte was just joking.

In 2018, Duterte jested that Go was aspiring to be a senator in which Go vehemently denied.

In October 2018, however, a tearful Go emerged from the San Miguel Church in Malacañang announcing that he was running for senator, under Duterte’s party PDP-Laban.

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