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After 47 years, Davao produces not one but two senators

May 14, 2019 - Tuesday 4:05 PM by Ayan Mellejor

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DAVAO CITY – After 47 years since the late Alejandro Almendras, two Davaeños have become members of the Philippine Senate: Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Ronald dela Rosa.

Go and Dela Rosa are in the top five of the winning senatorial candidates, along with Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, and Pia Cayetano.

As of 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Go is at number 3 garnering 19,835,271 votes, while dela Rosa is fifth at 18,228,049 votes.

Go and dela Rosa ran under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP-Laban) and were strongly endorsed by Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

With their latest standing in election results, Go and dela Rosa thanked the millions of Filipinos who believed in their capacity to serve the country.

Hindi matutumbasan ng anumang salita ang pasasalamat ko sa inyong tiwala sa isang ordinaryong probinsyanong katulad ko. Tulad ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, ako ay isang simpleng tao lamang na nangarap na makapagserbisyo ng tapat at lubos sa inyo (There are no words to express my gratitude to you for the trust you gave a simple man from the province like me. Like President Rodrigo Duterte, I am a simple person just wishing to serve you faithfully),” Go said in press statement.

He said he never expected to become a senator, noting that he worked for 20 years for Duterte as an assistant simply for the future of his children.

Hindi ko inakala na ang pagtatrabaho kong ito ay magdadala sa akin sa Senado (I did not expect that this work would be ring me to the Senate),” Go said.

Go said his victory can be attributed to the performance of this administration. He said the people supported the candidates endorsed by the President because they want the programs of the Duterte administration to continue.

Ang mga major accomplishments ng kanyang administrasyon at ang kanyang mataas na satisfaction rating ay mga rason ng pagkakanalo ko at ng mga kasamahan namin (The major accomplishments of his administration and the high satisfaction ratings are the reasons I and my companions won),” he said.

Go gave assurance that support and cooperation will not end in the elections, vowing to strengthen his service to people.

For his part, dela Rosa said he took up the challenge of the President to run for the Senate seeing the latter's sincere support for his candidacy.

Nagpasalamat ko sa tanang Pilipino nga nagtoo ug nag suporta kanato buot pasabot dako dako sa katibuk-an nagsalig sa akong kasidad paghimo ug balaud (I thank the Filipnos who believe in my capacity because this means they trust in my capacity to make laws),” he said in an interview with reporters on Tuesday.

He said he fought hard knowing that he would compete with candidates with more famous names and are veteran in politics.

Dela Rosa admitted he still cannot believe he would be senator, saying he was  expecting to at the 12th and below.

When asked what measure he would push first in the Senate, dela Rosa said he wants to craft a law restoring the death penalty to deter the prevalence of illegal drugs.