DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte finally put all speculations to rest on Wednesday when he declared that he has no ambition to be president.
“Kung manilawa kayo okay, kapag hindi okay lang din. Wala talaga akong ambisyon maging president (If you believe me, okay. If you don’t its still okay. The truth is I have no ambition to be president),” Duterte said on interview during the 23rd Defense and Sporting Arms Show organized by the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines (AFAD) in Mandaluyong City.
“If there is really a drive for me to run I would have filed [my candidacy]last October 16. I mean the rating is there, it doesn’t look bad but it’s not also altogether good,” the mayor added.
He added that three factors also prevent him from running – his family, his health and the lack of funds.
“I’ve dedicated many years of my life to government and if you add another six years I’ll die,” Duterte told reporters.
The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has said it will name Duterte as the party’s substitute presidential candidate. But the mayor said no one from the party talked to him about the supposed nomination.
“An alternative is an excuse, why make me an excuse?” he said.