Mayor Duterte reveals his final answer re: Presidential race

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been under speculations of the many, regarding his stand whether he will be running for President in the 2016 elections or not.

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Supporters and political observers have been on constant monitoring if the popular Mayor is going to join the quest for Presidency; He ended it by announcing on Monday that he will not run.


"After consulting my family and everybody else connected to my life, I would like to categorically state now and also for the agony of those waiting for those who believe in me: hindi ako tatakbo pagkapresidente", the mayor said in a press conference, Monday (Sept. 7) at Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City.

"Wala ako ambisyon in 2016. May usapan kami ni Inday Sara, pero hindi pa buo, na I'm asking her to run for mayorship. In 2016, I will retire from public life for good. I believe it's no longer my time to be in politics", he added.

After the 14-minute press con, Duterte immediately left the hotel, leaving some of his supporters teary eyed.

He did not entertain questions from the reporters, Rappler wrote.

In the past months or so, there have been quite a bunch of hopefuls who are rooting for the mayor to run for presidency.

On Sunday, Duterte's camp said that the mayor will be making an important announcement today. Unfortunately, amid strong public clamor, he will not be running for president in 2016.

Source: Rappler, Inquirer

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