Duterte: ‘I am not running for president’

The popular mayor of Davao City makes the announcement on his 2016 plans, ending what has been a long wait for supporters and political observers

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ended on Monday, September 7, what has been a long wait for supporters and political observers, announcing that he would not seek the presidency in the 2016 elections.

He told a crowd of supporters, a number of them crying, that he arrived at the decision after consulting with his family. It is no secret that at least his daughter Sara – also former mayor Davao – was against him running seeking the highest post. Duterte’s son, meanwhile, had said they would support whatever decision their father would take.

Duterte apologized to his supporters and friends during the 14-minute press conference, then hurriedly left the hotel.

The movement to convince Duterte to run for president was launched in March 2014, with thousands of Davao residents showing up at the city’s Rizal Park, carrying banners and tarpaulins to show their support.

At the time, the mayor had threatened to quit politics when his term as mayor ends in 2016 if the supporters continued.