MANILA - After several rumors that he is changing his mind, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday - the first day of filing of certificates of candidacy - that he will not run for president in the 2016 election. In a press briefing, Duterte apologized to the people who have "spent much and worked hard and long" to support him as he went around the country to promote his campaign for a change to a federal form of government. "There was no ambition for me to aspire for the presidency. The country does not need me and I find no need for it. I guess it is fate that wills that our long journey together should end this way," he said.
12:03 AM June 20th, 2015 Davao City
One of the biggest supporters of a bid to push Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for President next year got a taste of what a Duterte administration would be like on a larger scale after he was apprehended for smoking and made to pay a fine. Jimmy Cabrera, of Grand Regal Hotel, was apprehended for smoking on a vacant lot near the Reggae Grill of the Pryce Plaza in the city on Saturday, according to Leo Villareal, head of the city government’s information office. Villareal said Cabrera was at a concert organized by Musicians and Artists for Duterte at the Reggae Grill, a fundraising event for Duterte, and mistook the vacant lot near the venue as a smoking area. ADVERTISEMENT Cabrera was accosted by policemen and did not protest when told he violated the city’s smoking ban. Cabrera, Villareal added, admitted his mistake. He was made to pay P500 in fine as a first time violator and required to attend smoking cessation counseling sessions.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ranked third anew in the June survey with 15 percent from 12 percent in March.
Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada were tied in fourth place with 10 percent each.
The survey, conducted from May 30 to June 5, covered 1,200 respondents, 18 years old and above. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The respondents were asked, “Of the people on this list, whom would you vote for President of the Philippines if the 2016 elections were held today and they were candidates?”
Also on the list were Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago (6 percent from 9 percent) and Alan Peter Cayetano (2 percent from 3 percent) and former Sen. Panfilo Lacson (2 percent from 1 percent).