Duterte's final decision: I will not run for president

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After his 'soul searching', Duterte finally declared that he is not running for presidency.

DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES-- For the second time, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte announced that he will not be running for president on elections 2016 during a press conference on Monday.

In the press con held on Grand Men Seng Hotel, the teary-eyed mayor apologized to his supporters. “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."

Prior to his announcement, Duterte released a letter addressed to his 'friends and fellow Dabawenyos' to clear his stance once and for all. The letter was also dated October 12, four days before the end for the filing of candidacy.

"Afterall, there was no ambition for me to aspire for the Presidency. The Country does not need me. I find no need for it." He stated.



The iron-fisted mayor had a tough time in settling with his decision. In fact, former North Cotabato Governor Manny PiƱol revealed that Duterte prepared two statements for the press conference, one is the letter he read and the other is an 11-page speech announcing that he will run.

On the other hand, instead of running for a higher post, Duterte said that he is soon looking forward to resign from politics. He will run not for mayor again only if his daughter Sara will replace him as the mayor of Davao City.

It can be remembered that days before confirming his decision, his political adviser has leaked information in social media that Duterte will run for presidency

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