The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Jose Maria Sison officially endorsed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the 2016 presidential elections. This was revealed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during the Run Duterte Run Caravan on Friday night at San Pedro Square this city. The mayor shared the voice message of Sison sent to him from Netherlands minutes before he came to the rally venue.
In his message, Sison said that Duterte has the “integrity, strength of character and political will for good”.
I can see he is open to the development of the Philippines through Filipino-owned industrialization and land reform and I am convince he is a nationalist and he will defend national territorial sovereignty and integrity of the Philippines, Sison said speaking in Filipino.
According to Duterte, Sison sent the message to him upon learning he was on his way to rally organized by his supporters.
While Duterte had been turning down calls to run for president, on Friday night, the mayor gave his supporters a glimmer of hope for a possible presidential bid in May 2016. He said he still needs to seek the approval of his family. “Konti nalang, Kausapin ko muna sila Inday kasi ayaw talaga nila (Just a little bit more, I will talk to Inday – former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio because they do not like it),” Duterte said.