DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not yet ruling out a presidential run in 2016.
Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, who is running for the Senate in next year’s elections on Friday disclosed that Duterte assured him that he will support his bid if the mayor decides to gun for the presidency.
“He has sent a word to me that I will have his support should he decide to run [for President], and I am not surprised since he was the first to send help to Tacloban City after [Typhoon] Yolanda [struck in 2013],” Romualdez, president of the Philippine Constitutional Association told reporters.
Duterte has repeatedly said he is not running for the country’s highest job but kept on saying he is ready to implement radical changes in the country if given a chance to be its leader.
Under election laws, the Davao mayor has until December 10 to decide if he is going after the top post in the land because he could replace his PDP-Laban party-mate, Martin Diño, who filed a certificate of candidacy for President.
Aside from Duterte, Romualdez also heaped praises on former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay for lending at least three covered courts in the city that were used to organize relief operations for Yolanda victims.
Binay was dismissed and perpetually disqualified from occupying public office by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in October for the allegedly overpriced P2- billion parking building in Makati.
Romualdez is guest candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s political party.
LLANESCA T. PANTI