SUPPORTERS of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are expecting him to announce that he is changing his mind and will heed the call for him to run for President.
“All roads are leading to Davao this Saturday. We expect him to heed the people’s clamor and run, nothing else,” said lawyer Emily Padilla, core member of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRDNEC) that launched the Run Duterte Run Movement and Duterte for President Caravan.
When asked about the possibility that Duterte might actually announce the opposite like what he did in his news conference last September 7, Padilla replied, “We don’t entertain that thought.”
Padilla told The Manila Times that once he declares his presidential bid, Duterte will face another dilemma–who to choose as his running mate.
She said the mayor is torn between Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano.
Both had declared their intention to run for Vice President and expressed their preference for Duterte to be their running mate.
“Yes, there are supporters who are for Cayetano but there are many who want Marcos. If it comes to that, of choosing who’s who, Mayor Duterte will have the final say,” Padilla said.
“Whatever his decision will be, we will follow and support,” she added.
Cayetano, who was initially being pushed by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to be Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd’s running mate, made his announcement in Duterte’s bailiwick of Davao apparently to “jump the gun” on Duterte to take him in as the latter’s running mate.
But the move did not sit well with a huge number of Duterte followers who are actually pushing for a Duterte-Marcos team-up.
Marcos announced his own intention earlier this week, which came as a big surprise even to his own family since he was expected to seek the presidency.
“MRRDNECC and PDP-Laban will support anyone of them who is advocating federalism and who believes in the principles, vision and platform of government of Mayor Duterte.
The criteria will also cover those who wish to run for the Senate with Mayor Duterte as their President,” Padilla said.