• Duterte: I don’t want to be President

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    NO WAY  Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks before businessmen and industry leaders at Thursday’s Asia CEO Forum in Makati City. PHOTO BY RENE DILLAN

    NO WAY
    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks before businessmen and industry leaders at Thursday’s Asia CEO Forum in Makati City. PHOTO BY RENE DILLAN

    For the nth time, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte flatly denied he is throwing his hat into the ring for next year’s fight for Malacañang.

    “I’m not running for President and I never wanted to be one … Ayaw ko talaga. Ayaw ng pamilya ko, pati iyong anak ko na mayor [I really don’t want to, my family doesn’t want me to, including my daughter] and she’s vocal about it,” Duterte said on Thursday at the Asia CEO Forum in Makati City (Metro Manila).

    Duterte was referring to his daughter, Sara, who was mayor of Davao City from 2010 to 2013.

    “I said before I do not covet the position, I don’t want it. My stand is still the same. The opportunity to be President is very, very small,” he said.

    The tough-talking Duterte is rumored to be eyeing a higher elective position in next year’s elections as he has been going around the country purportedly to campaign for a shift to federalism as a form of government.

    He has repeatedly denied that his speaking engagements were meant to probe the public’s pulse on his possible foray into national politics.

    Duterte ranked third in the latest presidential preference survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and fourth in Pulse Asia’s.

    In his speech, Duterte said the next President should come up with measures that would uplift the lives of the poor, including tax breaks for individuals earning a monthly salary of P25,000.

    Duterte, who is known for his firm and strict leadership, said the next administration should address the “most serious problem” of the nation which is “the erosion of the people’s trust and faith in government.”

    “What this country needs today is not more laws, but more good men in public service,” he said.

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    6 Comments

    1. Sonny Dungca on

      If Duterte doesn’t want the presidency, go for VP. A Poe-Duterte tandem will be the hardest to beat. If he changes his mind and run
      for president, then Duterte-Poe is the best.

    2. because he knows it is a very tough and challenging task to curb corruption its ingrained in our culture. only a radical transformation in a dictatorship will stop corruption or least reduced it. millions will be jailed if we really take serious of prosecuting these animals.

    3. Felimon A. Soria on

      It saddens me that Mayor Duterte is not running for President. My gut feeling tells me that he can get us out corruption and poverty.

      • Asuncion Soriano on

        Don’t worry Felimon, he will run. We will just continue our campaign for him. Tagal pa ang filing ng Coc, October pa!

    4. you can run instead as vice-president. you will be doing more disservice to the filipinos if you don’t run.