I’m not running, Duterte tells his supporters
DAVAO CITY—Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed to his supporters Monday night to stop urging him to run for President after some of them announced they would be gathering at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sept. 26 to urge him to do so.
“Please tell them not to do that as it would complicate matters,” Duterte told reporters at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.
“Stop it. I’m not interested. I won’t be there.”
Duterte again said he could not fill the demands of the presidency given his age, and that his family was against his running for President.
“No president can solve the grinding poverty of our nation,” he said.
“You do not only campaign to promise a change of government; you have to change people’s lives. I’ll be wasting my time there. Even if you elect me tomorrow, I’ll be wasting my time and I cannot promise you anything.’’
Duterte also said he didn’t have the machinery or the money to finance a presidential campaign.
“I don’t want anybody to think I’m waiting for bidders. If you can point to any businessman who will say I asked money from him, I’ll resign first thing tomorrow,” Duterte said.
He advised his supporters in Manila who would be attending the Saturday event to “find another suitable candidate.”
“This is not my destiny,” Duterte said.