Duterte on presidency: ‘You’ll regret it’

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned those clamoring for him to run for the presidential post come 2016 that they may live to regret this, and there’s one more government office he intends to close if he does run and win: the Bureau of Customs.

“Ug ako inyong president, magmahay mong tanan. Basta magmahay mong tanan. Muingon gyud mo, maypa’g wala gipadagan (You will all regret it. You will. You will even say, it was better had we not urged him to run),” he said during his Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa television show on Sunday.

After he earlier said the first thing he will do if he wins the presidential race is to declare martial law and shut down both Congress and Senate, he said he will also close down the Bureau of Customs.

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“Malaki ang dagat para makaparking yung mga barko,” he said, hinting at the rice smugglers whom he has been at war with the past weeks.

Duterte has been consistent with his stance against rice smuggling, especially in Davao City.

He even publicly announced he will kill them should they continue to smuggle in rice through Davao City. [Read story here.]

“If you don’t want me to be your mayor then I’ll step down. I just don’t like to be pushed in the position which I don’t like,” he said.

“Kanang nagduwa diha sa akong pangalan for president (Those who are playing with my name for president), stop it. I’m pleading to you to stop it,” he said.

When asked by host lawyer Geraldine Tiu if there are influential people who are urging him to seek for the presidential position, he said there is none.

“Kay di man pud ko mu-entertain ug storya. I just treat it nonchalantly. Hindi bagay sa akin yan (I refuse to discuss that. I am not fit to be one),” he said.

“Nganong mupresidente man ko? Mutrabaho ko unya ipa priso ko ninyo? Duha na kabuok president na priso. Human tawagon ko ninyog ex-convict (Why should I run when after working so hard, people will put me in jail. There will be two presidents placed behind bars then, and you will be calling me ex-convict),” he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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