The wait is over: Duterte finally running for president

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Duterte, on his decision with presidency: "I cannot accept an American president."

DAVAO, Philippines- After months of speculation, Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte finally decided to lay his cards on the table and run for presidency on 2016 national elections due to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal's ruling on Senator Grace Poe's citizenship case.

For months, Duterte has been inconsistent whether or not to pursue presidency. How did the SET's ruling affected the decision of the iron-fisted mayor? Senator and vice presidential aspirant Alan Peter Cayetano--who will run side by side with Duterte-- revealed in an interview the mayor's cause.

In a phone interview with Inquirer last Saturday night, Cayetano said: "Yes, he will not allow the Constitution to be disregarded and it’s just a matter of talking to the PDP-Laban and setting everything in motion.”

Moreover, Cayetano stated that the mayor won't allow people to destroy the constitution. Cayetano quoted Duterte:

I can’t allow them to f–k the people and to destroy the Constitution. I respect the SET but the ruling is totally wrong.

The SET's ruling on Poe's disqualification case has been the catalyst for Duterte's decision. Duterte himself cleared his stance in an  ambush interview with reporters in DasmariƱas, Cavite.

(Poe) will be a presumptive President whose citizenship is based on presumption. The highest position is reserved for a true-blue Filipino. I cannot accept an American President.

The mayor did not provide an exact date for the filing of his certificate of candidacy at Commission on Elections. According to him, he will 'fill in the gaps' amongst the PDP-Laban to inform them about his decision.

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