Senator Christopher "Bong" Go on Saturday appealed to his supporters not to exert efforts to change his mind from quitting the presidential race, citing how President Rodrigo Duterte respected his decision.
"President Duterte respects and understands my decision because it involves my family," said Go in a statement.
Go's appeal came even as some of his supporters gathered in front of the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila in an effort to stop him from formalizing his withdrawal.
He advised supporters to stop camping outside the Comelec building amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The senator also said he will formalize his withdrawal at the right time.
Go announced Tuesday his decision not to seek the presidency in next year's elections.
On Thursday, even President Duterte appeared confused as to whether his long-time aide would really withdraw from next year’s presidential race.
“What is it really, Bong?” Duterte asked Go during a meeting of the government anti-insurgency task force in Zamboanga City. “Will you or will you not run?”
“You have made a lot of people sad than happy [with your decision to withdraw]. But we respect your decision, especially if it involves the family, then we cannot do anything about that,” the President added.
Go, who admitted he was conflicted from the start, admitted his family did not want him to run.
If he does not formalize his withdrawal, Go will run against several presidential contenders, including former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who is running in tandem with Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.