Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte reiterated on Saturday, June 6, 2015 that he will not run for president in the 2016 election. This is despite the fact that the campaign funds from supporters continues to pour in, including the so-called “Dollar for the Presidency” Movement from Filipinos who are now living in the US.
“Ang totoo niyan, nasabi ko na ayaw ko kasi maproblema diyan, and I am really talking from the heart,” Mayor Rody Duterte said in an ambush interview that day. He recently landed on the 3rd spot from the SWS Presidentiables 2016 survey, next to Senator Grace Poe, who is close-second to VP Jejomar Binay.
(The truth is, I have already said this before that I don’t want to handle such problems, and I am really talking from the heart.)
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Nevertheless, Duterte, who is often seen in speaking engagements almost everywhere campaigning for federalism, jokes that he will run only if he surpasses the latest rating of VP Jejomar Binay in the SWS survey. “If my rating is 82, and Binay has 32, then I will run for president.” The mayor of Davao said.
Meanwhile, the campaign funds from his Fil-Am supporters are increasing fast as the call for Mayor Duterte to run for highest government official gets more intense. In fact, Manny Pacquiao’s publicist and sportswriter Winchell Campos said that the “Dollar for the Presidency” Movement has already reached several US states.
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“Many Filipinos in the US believe that the style of leadership and incorruptibility of Rody Duterte is what our country needs to bring back the days of glory. We hope that under his presidency, all bright and talented Filipinos now working overseas would be given the opportunity to come home and help rebuild the Philippines.” Campos said.
“From California, we will move to other States with huge Filipino communities and get them to support Duterte not only with modest financial contributions but also to ask relatives back home in the Philippines to join the crusade for a better country,” he added.
The said campaign, which was inspired by the “Piso Para Kay Duterte” campaign launched by his local supporters several weeks ago, is also being done in New York City. Mayor Rody Duterte has also appeared in a supposed political ad video, with the tagline, “Tapang at Malasakit” (Courage and Compassion).
In recent episode of GMA-7’s ‘Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,’ the controversial mayor of Davao clarified that he will not run for president in 2016, as well as vice president or senatorial seat. At the age of 70, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is too old to be the leader of the country, and that he will eventually retire from politics.
But despite his strong and effective leadership which made Davao as the 9th safest city in the world, Mayor Duterte is being linked to the Davao Death Squads. Recently, former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales suggested that if Duterte will be elected president, he will bring back the Martial Law days.
Likewise, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had a word war with Digong (another name called to Mayor Rody Duterte). De Lima told local media that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is currently investigating the alleged involvement of Duterte in several cases of human rights abuses and summary killings in Davao.
Mayor Duterte has been very vocal in his statements that he is willing to kill criminals roaming around Davao, but has categorically denied giving instructions to police to kill him. In his latest statement, Duterte said that if he will be elected president in 2016, he will include corrupt government officials in his hunt against criminals.
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