Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte officially declared today, Sept. 7, that he is not going to run for president in the upcoming 2016 elections, ending the assumptions on his political plans as the leader of the country.
Duterte said in the press conference in Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City that he will retire after his term as city mayor.
After consulting his family, the mayor decided that he will not seek reappointment or any other position in next year’s polls.
Thousands of citizens from Davao City, as well as in other parts of the country, started a movement to convince the mayor to run for the position of the president as early as March 2014. Several groups also have called Duterte to run as he was believed to be capable of enforcing discipline and fight crime in the country, like he does in Davao.
Due to the growing support of believers across the nation, as well as his popular stance as a political strongman, Duterte climbed up the surveys of presidential bets, ranking number 3 as of this writing.