DAVAO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he will not be attending the ‘million people’s march’, a rally to be mounted by his supporters in Manila on September 26.

“No. Definitely no. I have said I am not running,” Duterte said reiterating his previous pronouncements that he will be retiring next year, during his Sunday weekly television program.

Asked by the program host if he will be going out of the country, Duterte said “murag ingon ana para wala nay samaan ng loob (It seems that way, so that there will be no more hard feelings).”

“You better look somewhere else, ayaw na sa ako kay tiguwang na ko (Don’t expect from me. I am old.),” he said.

Duterte said if he will appear in the gathering it would be a “hele hele bago quiere” which refers to a Spanish colloquial saying that means “pakipot”.

Duterte announced on September 7 he is not running for president.

“Nasulti na man nako wala lagi ko ambisyon magpresidente. Lisod magtrabaho nga wala kay gana (I have already said that I don’t have an ambition to be a president. It’s hard to work when you are not motivated),” he said.

Duterte even joked that he is not running because the military has already killed New People’s Army Commander Leoncio Pitao alias Ka Parago, who was supposedly his running mate.

“Kato akong gusto nga ma-vice president unta namatay na man gud so nawad-an kog gana (The person who I wanted to be my Vice-President is already dead so now I am not motivated),” he said.

He said he is expecting that “a lot of people will be disappointed.”

“And you know the Filipinos could have a better choice, daghan man diha, wala pa man nahuman ang filing (There are a lot out there; the filing of candidacy is not yet over),” he said.

The gathering dubbed as “Call for Filipino People’s President” will take place in Rizal Park at 2:00 pm.

In a Facebook post which former governor of North Cotabato Manny Pinol wrote, co-chair of the organizing group Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte National Executive Coordinating Council (MRRD-NECC) Mike Sueno said they are urging those who could not be physically present during the rally “to tie red, blue, white and yellow ribbons in their jeepneys, taxis, trucks, cars and homes to signify their support for Duterte.”

Sueno, who is former South Cotabato governor, was also quoted as saying that the gathering will be almost simultaneous with the issuance by PDP Laban of the Certificate of People’s Nomination.

He said even if Duterte is not attending, he believes “Duterte will be watching and listening.” (davaotoday.com)

  • Lita Kapstad

    there is still hope until the last minute of filing of candidacy for Presidency!!! I WILL ONLY GIVE UP AFTER THE LAST HOUR FOR CANDIDACY!! A dabawenyo by blood and spirit!!

  • NO DUTERTE NO VOTE

    Of Course we will fight til the end..
    Til the last minute of filing. rarara

  • Sam Tañara

    … para sa akin, kahit hinde po nag file si DU30 sa Oct 16 deadline, for as long as a certified PDP-Laban member files her/his candidacy, may pag-asa pa rin dahil sa “substitution process” ng Comelec rules,,.. pwede i-substitute si mayor sa nag-file na membro ng PDP-Laban because Duterte is a PDP-Laban member..!!…I have seen the TV interview of Atty. James Jimenez, spokesperson ng Comelec in w/c he said another person can be substituted b4 Dec. 2015 deadline to the 1 who files as long as they are both members of the same party ..

  • Lita Kapstad

    WE WILL ONLY GIVE UP AFTER THE CLOSURE FOR PRESIDENCY FILING AND WE GOT FINAL DECISION FROM THE PDP GROUP SO WE MOVED ON FOR A GENUINE CHANGE IN ACTIONS NOT BY WORDS!!!

  • Jose Aguila

    Duterte keeps on saying Federal-Parliamentary form of gov’t is the best for the country. Who would lead & endorse it to reality when no other presidentiable is advocating it but him?

  • jildine24

    Marcos for sure

  • Nandy Peregrino

    bkt sinasabi ni duterte lagi na matanda na xa? si erap nga gusto pang tumakbo na kahit parang ulyanin na eh.. ang babaw nmn ng rason nya kesyo ayaw ng pamilya nya..ngaun na nmn kaya ayaw nya dahil patay na ung gusto nyang maging vice president..anu ba nmn yan sir duterte,.masasayang lang kasi boto ko kung sa iba ako boboto..hinding-hindi talaga mababago ang pinas kung hindi tulad mo ang maging presidente..

  • 2fx

    guys,you know,some can manage a barangay or town well,BUT if you place him/her in a province or city,he/she can’t make it! just think of it!!!!!

  • Aljohn Pabebe

    November 30, 2015 that includes the final substitution for a candidate of each party

  • Rodell del Mundo

    sana may magtanong kay Duterte in front of all the media “Kung papapiliin ka, mamuhay ng tahimik kahit alam mong laganap ang kasamaan sa iyong bayan o itaya ang buhay mo para masugpo ang kasamaan? ” dahil sa pagkakaalam ko, ang ating pambansang bayani na si Jose Rizal at iba pang bayani gaya ni Andres Bonifacio ay mas piniling itaya ang buhay para sa bayan kaysa manahimik na lang.

  • Lita Kapstad

    You mean to say that anyone from PDP can temporarily file for presidency and can be sustituted by Mayor Duterte if HE DECIDED AT THE FINAL STAGE?

  • Clikerzbot Saligumba

    MAG AABROAD YAN KASI MAGMEMETING CLA NI JOMA!!

  • ANAKMINDANAO

    “And you know the Filipinos could have a better choice, daghan man diha, wala pa man nahuman ang filing (There are a lot out there; the filing of candidacy is not yet over),” he said, “ITO ANG TAMA AT NANINIWALA AKO SA MILAGRO….MAGBABAGO PA YAN SI MAYOR DUTERTE…”DASAL LANG PO TAYO” PAPAYAG SANA SI MAYOR DUTERTE KAHIT MAGFILE LANG SYA…

  • sagbotgamot

    After October 16, if no presidential candidate named Rodrigo R. Duterte… Let us declare him as PAMBANSANG DUWAG!

  • sagbotgamot

    Sure! in like manner that that we put somebody in the highest position and turns out he is not even good to be a purok leader. all he does is memorized what his adviser says and read scripts.

  • sagbotgamot

    if you know how Duterte became a Mayor of Davao City you will understand his style. While most if not all politicians especially trapos promise you everything during political campaigns, Duterte will only discourage you… he will not even campaign ang beg for your votes. But the moment he takes office….”trabaho lang walang personalan!”

  • sagbotgamot

    you have to read the gray area. Duterte is no fool. He is lawyer. filing of certification of candidacy is still on October 12-16.

  • sagbotgamot

    After October 16, if no presidential candidate named RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE…. let’s call a people’s march and declare him…PAMBANSANG DUWAG! haha

  • sagbotgamot

    Meaning walang lusot si Digong hahaha..

  • sagbotgamot

    As i understand…from Sam Tañara’s post… YES!

  • Alexalbert Mistisma

    Ang tunay na DDS ay hindi SUMUSUKO at UMAATRAS NG LABAN. DU30 AY NEVER AATRAS NG LABAN!

  • Aljohn Pabebe

    Yes it is ma’am 😊

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