Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, known for running a tough leadership, announced today in a press conference that he will not run for president in the upcoming election. He also apologized to all his supporters.
“I would like to categorically state now,” Duterte said. “Hindi ako tatakbo pagkapresidente.” Mayor Duterte made the announcement after consulting his family and individuals connected to him.
“In 2016, I will retire from public life for good,” he noted, adding that he believes it is no longer his time to be in politics.
The mayor’s pronouncement saddened many Davaoeños and his supporters across the country.