Duterte: “I am running for President”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) — Dismayed over the 5-4 decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Senator Grace Poe is a qualified presidential candidate, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he is running for president in the 2016 polls.

“I am running for President because I am disappointed and sad sa ruling na yan,” Duterte said in a video post by abs-cbnnews.com while being interviewed by reporters on Saturday evening where he attended a party in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pushes for a federal form of government during the Mindanao Leaders Summit on Monday (December 2) in Davao City. At the same time, he rejects calls for him to run for president in 2016. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pushed for a federal form of government in this photo taken during the Mindanao Leaders Summit on December 2, 2014 in Davao City. At the same time, he rejected calls for him to run for president in 2016. Duterte now says the option to run for President is on the table.  Mindanews file photo by Keith Bacongco

He added that he is now “in the begging stage” to encourage daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, who previously turned down the offer, to be his substitute in the mayoralty race.

Duterte, who was expected by supporters to file a certificate for candidacy for President in October, chose to file a COC for mayor of Davao City on October 15.

Duterte, a lawyer who served as a prosecutor in Davao City for 11 years before his appointment as OIC Vice Mayor in 1986, said he cannot accept that someone like Poe who is not a natural-born and is only presumed to be a Filipino citizen will run the country as the president.

“Grace can run for governnor and mayor, wag yang presidente… Bigyan mo ako ng Bagobo, Ata, Igorot, yung totong Pilipino,” he said.

Duterte sounded more definitive in Dasmarinas on Saturday than a day earlier, in his TV program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” which was taped on Friday but aired on Sunday morning.

In his weekly TV program,” Duterte said that if the SET decision is not reversed by December 10, “then I would announce maybe, just maybe, that just maybe but maybe, maybe, maybe not – basta dili ko musugot (I will definitely not agree with that decision).

Asked by the anchor if he would run for President, Duterte said, “the possibility of running is on the table now.”

“Ako wala magdamgo. Mapildi o madaog. Kung daog, di maayo… og pildi at least sa akong kinabuhi I was given one day in my life to talk about the truth (I never dreamed to be President. Win or lose. If I win, then good. If I lose, then at least I was given one day in my life to talk about the truth).”

Duterte said that unless Poe’s parents can be identified as Filipino, she should not run for President because that post “is sacred to Filipinos.”

He said foundlings are deemed or presumed citizens of a country where they are found but the Philippine constitution states the president should be a natural-born citizen.

Commenting on the SET’s decision where Senator Vicente Sotto III is a member, Duterte said it turns out to be like a “political decision” made worse because it seems to be mixed with “showbiz.”

By a vote of 5 – 4, the nine-member SET dismissed the disqualification case filed against Poe by petitioner Rizalito David. Five senators voted to dismiss the disqualification case while four, including the three justices, voted to disqualify Poe.

The senators who voted in favor of Poe are Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Vicente Sotto III and Cynthia Villar while those who voted to disqualify Poe are: Senior Justice Antonio Carpio, chair, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Associate Justice Arturo Brion and Senator Nancy Binay.

Binay’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, is running for President while Cayetano’s brother, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is running for Vice President. Duterte can be seen in Cayetano’s campaign ads as saying Cayetano will make a good Vice President.

Duterte said foundlings are not the issue here. What is at issue is a foundling running for President because “you must be Filipino pag-gawas nimo, ayaw ko patagnaa (You must be a Filipino when you were born, don’t make me guess).”

“When you go out of the body, when the umbilical cord is cut, and you’re free as a human being to roam around the universe, Filipino ka gyud with a Filipino mother or father,” he said in reference to jus sanguinis principle adopted by the country, where citizenship is determined by blood, not by place of birth.

Another issue involving Poe’s citizenship is a petition raised questioning her residency, especially when she used her American passport.

“When you use your American passport instead of your Filipino passport, you have renounced your Filipino citizenship,” he said.

“Kay pag-gawas nimo nag paila ka nga American ka og dili ka Pilipino, para sa ako dako na nga insulto (When you go out of the country and you present yourself as American and not as a Filipino, then it’s a big insult for me). When your yourself is not convinced that being a FIlipino makes you proud then by all means you can get out of this country,” he said.

Dili ko nimo kumpetensya senadora. Wala koy kalagot. You’re a very cultured person,” (I am not competing with you, Madame Senator. I do not have have grudges against. You’re a very cultured person),” Duterte said, adding “but if you’re running for President, you must be a Filipino.” (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)


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    Ang kelangan ng bansa natin ngayon ay yung leader na may tapang at malasakot. DC2016

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    Mayor Duterte at Sen. Alan Cayetano ang leader para sa bansa natin at patungo sa tunay na pagbabago.#DC2016

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    Duterte! Ikaw na lang pag-asa ng pilipinas Kaya nauunawaan ko Ang mga Filipino kung bakit gusto ka nila tunakbo at tinatawag kang pabebe dahil Alam nila ikaw Ang sagot at solusyon sa dumi ng pilipinas. #dutertecayetano2016!!

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  • Jose Matalo

    Kailangan ng mabura sa gobyerno ang mga corrupt at tiwali at si Mayor Duterte at Sen. Alan Cayetano ang magdadala sa atin sa matiwasay na pamumuhay at magandang kinabukasan para sa Tunay na Pagbabago.#DC2016

  • Kerwin Feria

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    sa wakas tuloy n tuloy ang tandem n Duterte&Cayetano . Kayo ang sagot sa kahirapan ng bansa, para sa tunay na pagbabago

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    this is it, real change is coming.. hoooray to Duterte and Cayetano


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    kaya hindi ako nawalan ng pag asa eh!! Alam kong tatakbo si mayor hindi nya iiwanan si sen cayetano para sa tunay na pag babagong hinhangad ng lahat! Mbuhay kau DuterteCayetano…

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    my vote will be for DuterteCayetano only! The TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT OF THIS COUNTRY…

  • Joemel Joe Alcantare

    Push kayo ng push ng duterte tapos yung bise presidente na type ninyo, desisyon nyo yan. Malaya tayo makakapili, wala naman martial law! Pero sa mga solid na kaDDS, sino ang pinili ni Digong? Yun lang ang dapat pag basehan…

  • Jouvelynn Jou Abacuss

    Kung sinusuportahan ninyo ang mga agenda ni Mayor Rody tulad ng Federalism. Kailangan suportado ninyo and Decentralization na agenda ni Senator Cayetano. Sila lang sa tatakbong presidente at bise presidente ang may mga agendang tugmang tugma…

  • Vin Sel

    Tama po mayor duterte ang iyong disisyon.

  • Rox Saison

    ito n ang pinakahihintay nating lahat!

    • Muk Mafi

      tama, eto na talaga ang tamang panahon,

  • Muk Mafi

    this is it na, Duterte-cayetano 2016

    • Tes Dee

      sama ako jan kuya!

  • Tes Dee

    eto na ang pinakahihitay nating sandali!! suportahan po natin sila!!

    • Habibi Esh

      oo nga ate tess, eto na tlaga ang hinihintay natin.

  • Ryan Casidsid

    Duterte at Cayetano nandito lng kami at kayo lang po ang susuportahan namin.

    • Kevin Sayson

      #DC2016 para sapagbabago

  • Habibi Esh

    Sainyo lang talaga ang suporta namin mayor duterte at sen. alan.

  • Kevin Sayson

    susuportahan ka po namin mayor

    • Jen Uy

      sama ako jan kuya!

  • Jen Uy

    yan nga mayor ikaw ang kelangan ng bansa natin!

    • Hadudong Pee

      Tama ka po jan ate jen uy.#DuterteCayetano2016

  • Hadudong Pee

    dito na tayo sa mga totoong lider.

  • Jurex Ecleo

    nalalapit na ang pagbabago. DC2016

  • Ben Goot

    ang mga taong makakatulongsa bansa natin!! #dutertecayetano2016

  • Jaboy Lopez

    nalalapit na ang pagbabago ng bansa.

    • Nicolas Patal

      tama ka po jan kuya #DC2016

    • Ryan Dee

      tama k jan kuya

  • Nicolas Patal

    malapit na rin ang pagbabago ng bansa. #DC2016

    • Mark Karagnas

      tama ka jan tol. #DC2016

  • Ryan Dee

    paparating na ang tunay na pagbabago ng ating bansa at tutulong saatin sa gitna ng kahirapan!! #DC2016

  • Ali Babalik

    LABAN lang mayor duterte at sen alan para s pag babago.. #Changeiscoming #DC2016

    • Kimberly Kim

      Tama po kuya,laban para sa bayan.

      • vinar joss

        Laban lang po tayo!

  • Kimberly Kim

    sa kanila lang tayo susuporta hanggang sa huli.

  • Mark Karagnas

    sila ang pag-asa ng bansa natin. #DC2016

  • Hazel Punzalan

    pagbabago n inaasahan ng bayan.. #DC2016

  • vinar joss

    ang tunay na pagbabago ay nalalapit na at mararanansan na natin ang kaginhawaan,#DuterteCayetano2016

  • Yora Agin

    para sa pagbbgo iboto ntin duterte and cayetano..

    • Kate Azul

      lets support duterte-cayetano tandem

  • Tom Mapa

    sobra po kming ntutuwa dhl s wakas po pumayag na rin po kyo mayor duterte,kyo po tlg ang nbbgay n tandem ni alan cayetano.

    • Judy Cole

      duterte-cayetano kita pra s pgbbgo

  • Mon Mayto

    duterte-cayetano tandem tlg ang ating kailangn kya happy po kmi na mtutuloy na ang pgbbgo

    • Sophia Yen

      duterte-cayetano kmi..ito n ang simula ng pgbbgo

  • Judy Cole

    salamt s diyos ndinig ang aming dasal,slamt dn mayor duterte at pumayag na kyo..pra s pgbabago #dutertecayetano2016

    • Mon Mayto

      dutertecayetano pra s pgbbgo

  • Kate Azul

    mtagal nming hinintay ang iyong desisyon mayor duterte,slamt po s mgnda mong sagot..#dutertecayetano2016

    • Tom Mapa

      slamt s diyos at nrinig ang ating dasal.#dutertecayetano2016

  • Kaye Scarlet

    buti nlng at nkinig si mayor s taong bayan.. go sen alan at mayor duterte

    • Yora Agin

      suportahan ntin duterte-cayetano pra s pgbbo

  • Sophia Yen

    yes! s wakas tatakbp kn mayor duterte,ito ang aming hinihintay,slmat syo,ito n ang oras ng pgbbgo

  • Ashley Ventura

    this is the best tandem ever in the Philippine politics.. #dutertecayetano

  • Nash Domingo

    sya ang pag asa ng ating bansa at makakatulong sa ating simpleng mamamayang pilipino! #DC2016

  • Jerry Mcqueen

    sya ang magdidisiplina sa mga pasaway! #DC2016

  • Michael Lorenz

    sya ang makakatulong sa pag unlad ng ating bansa! #DC2016

  • Kaylee DG

    di tau iiwan nila duterte at cayetano sa ere.. suporthan ntin cla.. #DC2016

  • James Lee

    karapat dapat syang maging susunod na pangulo ng ating bansa! #DC2016

  • Cola dela Cruz


  • Ann Cruz

    ikaw lang ang may lakas ng loob at wlang inaatrasan para harapin at panagutin ang mga salot sa lipunan! #DC2016

  • Marlon Perez

    ikaw ang may kakayahang disiplinahin ang mga pasaway, pababain ang bilang ng krimen sa bansa at panagutin ang mga salot sa lipunan! #DC2016

  • Loren Vitug

    ang tapang ni duterte at aksyon ni cayetano ang gus2 ko sa knila.. #DC2016

  • Elmo Ranas

    we will support you all the way

  • Edna Santos

    sana manalo kau sa darating na election Sen Cayetano ang Mayor Duterte.. #DC2016

  • Mike San Andress

    hindi talaga kmi nawalan ng tiwala n tatakbo k mayor duterte.. para sa pag babago.. #DC2016

  • John Trinidad

    tuloy tuloy lang ang laban mayor duterte.. ndi k nmin iiwanan.. #DC2016

  • Nicole Rellita

    Marcos walang silbi walang kwenta walang magawa mgnakaw nalng ng presidente! #tunaynapagbabago

  • Bea Tario

    desperado na c BBM! walang boboto syo..
    #tunaynapagbabago na

    • Kim Meneses

      oo nga eh

  • Kim Meneses

    big no to BBM!!! hindi ka kailangan ng bansa.

  • Marie Villar

    bbm bat mo pnagkakalat n walang bise si duterte? muv on k na dong ha #tunaynapagbabago

  • Sarah Bautista

    bbm dapat ngayon palang magbalot balot ka na iyong gamit dahil di ka namin kailangan.

  • RoldanSy

    BBM ang magpapahirap sa ating bansa. no to BBM

  • Marco Antonio

    no to bbm! #tunaynapagbabago!

  • Mattew Montemayor

    big no kay bong bong.. kung anu ang puno sya rin ang bunga… ganun kasimple lang naman un eh…

  • Melanie Sanchez

    stop dreaming bong2.. shut up.. and wake up..