Duterte not running for president: Official statement, video

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has finally decided that he will not run for president in 2016. Here are the official statement and video of his announcement.

My friends and fellow Dabawenyos,

I am sorry to disappoint those who spent much and worked hard and long in support of me as I went around the country espousing the benefits and advantages of federalism. I therefore beg for everyone’s kind understanding and acceptance of my sincerest apologies. After all, there was no ambition for me to aspire for the presidency. The country does not need me. I find no need for it. I guess it is fate that wills that our long journey together should end this way.

Time and again, those who believed in me and in the cause that I advocated and continue to advocate, advised me to go for the country’s presidency because that is the destiny that awaits me. But I believe that my destiny is to end years and years of public life in the service of Davao City and every Dabawenyo.

Thus, if Inday Sara agrees to run for Mayor, I will retire at the end of my term in 2016. If she does not, the option to be Mayor again is on the table.

When all is said in the wake of this decision, perhaps we can find comfort in the thought that this is indeed a beautiful day to end a wild dream.
God bless the Philippines. God bless us all!


Reports said Duterte did not read a second statement which was prepared had he decided to seek the presidency. Instead, he read the first speech that disappointed the media and his supporters.

This happened after her daughter, former Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, refused to answer phone calls and text messages from him. She opposed his father's plan to run for president.

Mayor Leoncio Evasco of Maribojoc, Bohol, Duterte's trusted friend and longtime adviser, was absent during the press conference held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel on Monday afternoon, October 12.