It’s final and official. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte is not running for president in 2016. Instead, the tough mayor will run for reelection. This is after his chief-of-staff, Christopher “Bong” Go filed the mayor’s COC (Certificates of Candidacy) this Thursday, October 15, 2015 as an official candidate for mayor in Davao City.
When Bong Go filed Duterte’s COC, he was wearing a white T-shirt with “No is No” printed at the front and “Sinabi ko na ayaw ko, ang titigas ng ulo niyo – Rody Duterte”. (I already told you that I don’t want to, you are so hard-headed – Rody Duterte) at the back. The Duterte aide told reporters that his boss flew to Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Wednesday, October 14.
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That same day, Inday Sara Duterte (Mayor Rody Duterte’s daughter and incumbent Davao City mayor) posted a photo of her showing a shaved head. It was believed that she did this in support for her father’s decision to finally run for president. Later, she posted on Facebook a black and white photo of his father with the caption,”Bayan o sarili 10-15-15.” (Country or yourself).
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Last Monday, Mayor Rody Duterte had a press conference announcing that he is not running for president in 2016. He read his letter, apologizing to all his supporters for declining their request to him to run, adding that being the president of the Philippines is not his ambition. The hard-hitting mayor noted that he might run for reelection if Inday Sara will not run.
Duterte chief-of-staff, Christopher “Bong” Go, after filing the mayor’s COC; Credit: ANC Alerts Facebook
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In his interview after filing the COC of Mayor Duterte in Davao City, Go told reporters that the mayor has already finalized his decision not to run since Monday. However, there are tons of Duterte supporters who flocked at Commission of Elections (Comelec) head office in Intramuros, Manila as early as 7am today, waiting for him to arrive and file his COC.
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