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Finally Rodrigo Duterte Decides to Run For President

After months of strike through vigils, rallies and propositions in different ways to urge Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for Presidency in 2016 elections.

Duterte’s supporters finally got what they’ve been yearning. Duterte has just declared his intent to run for the highest position in the Philippine government.


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The Reason Behind

A lot of quests has been done by Duterte’s patrons just to convince him – even had themselves bald. However, none of the solid rallies, pleas, and crusades has made the stern mayor leave his current seat and aim for a higher one.

According to ABS-CBN News.com, it was actually the decision of the Senate ELectoral Tribunal (SET) of not disqualifying the other Presidential enthusiast, Senator Grace Poe, in the argument of her citizenship. Disqualification case has been filed against Poe because of the provision that anyone with intent for the Presidential seat has to be a natural born citizen.

In an interview with Rappler, Duterte pointed out his dissent against SET’s decision. According to him, the decision actually “cheapens” the Constitution which is the only thing that “holds the country together”.

His Principle

Duterte himself made it clear that he has nothing against the female candidate. It was just his principle that anyone worthy for the seat should be none but a Filipino; that the Presidential seat is solely reserved for a Filipino. The fact that SET’s decision has given favor for someone whose nationality is still  at cross swords, Duterte had the reason to think over, leading him to decide for candidacy. Duterte even made his point clear by saying, “Give me an Igorot, an Aeta, a plumber. Kahit ano basta Pilipino.” Not even money influenced his resolution, he added ABS-CBN News.com.

Questioned about his own principle upon changing his mind given that he already stated reasons for refusing to run such as the antagonism of his family, his age, his lack of interest for the seat, Duterte gave his heroic words to Rappler – that “There are things in life that would move a man, a citizen, to do something even if he doesn’t enjoy it.”

Nothing Against Poe

Stating that Duterte has nothing against Sen. Poe, he challenged the female Presidentiable to find her birth mother, whom she claims to be a Filipina, in order to prove her Filipino citizenship. With strong words, he even promised to withdraw his candidacy and gladly campaign for her – only if she can really prove herself to be a natural-born Filipino. ‘Ilabas mo ang nanay mo, then I will withdraw. I will campaign. Ilabas mo na kung sino ang nanay mo,’ Duterte said.

Next Moves

After the sudden change of plans, Duterte is yet to take steps in a road he actually once refused to take. He will have to get the blessings of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP – Laban), the party list which offered him a slot. After that, his next move is to make his Presidential intent formal by filing his  Certificate of Candidacy.

A partnership between Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano was also established, giving birth to Duterte-Cayetano tandem for 2016 Elections, reported Inquirer.net.

On the other hand, Duterte is in high hopes that his daughter, Sara Duterte, will have the heart to take the lead as Davao City Mayor.

Rodrigo Duterte move in putting Presidential Candidacy on his table has made a buzz in the 2016 Elections. Knowing that all the convincing done by his supporters has never made him move, and that only his principles as a man and a citizen urged him to change his mind makes things more interesting. How will Rodrigo Duterte declaration of candidacy change the current statistics? Well, we are yet to find that out.

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