Duterte still coy in running for President

feb 21, 2014

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is still coy to the idea of running for President.

In his speech before local government treasurers and assessors who gathered for their national convention Tuesday in Davao City, Mayor Duterte threw series of conflicting political statements in view of the upcoming presidential election by 2016.

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He has been overwhelmingly endorsed to be President by netizens in the social media, which he acknowledged.

Apparently joking with the audience gathered in huge SMX conference hall of SM Lanang Premier, he said, “I’ll not run kay ako lang dapat ang sikat, wala ng mga general o admiral. When the time comes.”

Then he continued: “It’s getting late in the day. I started as a mayor here, and end as a mayor. I really don’t know.”

Before he spoke, the mayor had a hard time going on stage as a lot of treasurers and assessors mobbed him for a “selfie” photo shoots with the backdrop of the event’s mural.

“Before we need to have a photographer to take pictures, now with the new technology it comes to be easier. Picture-picture daw pag may time kasi magiging next President na daw,” he mayor said.

Duterte also made comic potshots hinged on recent issues and events involving him like the rice smuggling issues involving David Tan, and on his exchange of words with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Human Rights Commissioner Etta Rosales.

He said it is all but “all verbal” stories in his shoot and kill statements to smugglers and about extrajudicial killings on crime suspects.

The mayor shared a bit on Davao history and on his family’s life that featured his mother Soledad Roa, a teacher, and his father Vicente Duterte, former governor of the old, big Davao that consisted today’s Davao and Compostela Valley provinces.  His father and mother came from Leyte and Cebu, respectively.

He recalled the difficulties that his parents met in migrating to settle in the old Davao.

“We hacked our way here,” he said adding that Davao then was divided among bigwigs and in various modes of productions as Davao del Norte went for hemp and banana production, Davao Oriental went to Rabat and coconut production, and southern Davao to Almendras.

Duterte is on his new first term as a mayor after graduating twice as three-termer mayor in the city, interrupted only by sliding to become congressman and vice mayor, both for a term only, when he met a term limit since 1988.

He is credited for making Davao City as one of the most peaceful cities in Southeast Asia. He would be 69 years this coming March 28. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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