HOW about Senator Bong Go?
Partido Demokratiko Pilipino secretary general Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is considering the inclusion of Presidential Assistant Bong Go in the PDP-Laban slate for the 2019 senatorial race.
During the mass oathtaking of new members of PDP-Laban from Negros Oriental, Alvarez introduced two of the possible senatorial candidates of the administration, Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez and Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali.
Alvarez then said that he will try to convince Go, who was once named as “national photo bomber” to join the PDP senatorial ticket.
“I’d like to convince someone to run for senator. I’d like to convince Christopher Lawrence Go—do you know him? No? Do you know Bong Go who is always with the President? He’s the one who’s always taking selfie, the selfie king?” Alvarez told the 5,500 newly party members.
Alvarez, who is the PDP Secretary General, presided over the mass oathtaking of new PDP members led by 17 mayors and vice mayors from the 19 municipalities and six cities of the province.
The event was spearheaded by 2nd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves, Jr., president of PDP provincial council of Negros Oriental.
The Speaker said the party needs to have a candidate in the ticket from Mindanao.
“It has been too long since we had a Muslim senator,” Alvarez said.
Earlier several names were announced as the possible nominees to the PDP senatorial ticket, which included PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, and Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles.
Aside from Uson and Roque, Alvarez also mentioned Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman and former Metro Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino.
Meanwhile, Alvarez also rallied the new PDP members in Negros Oriental to support Charter change and a shift to a federal system of government.
He said the federal setup of government will empower the provinces and regions and unlock their potential for development with prudent use of their unique strategic advantages.
The House leader said that under a federal setup the local governments would retain as much as 85 percent of the taxes collected for their own use, instead of the present system where all taxes are remitted first to the central government before the local governments could have what little share they are entitled to get.