CONTRARY to the statement of lawyer Salvador Panelo, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte denied on Monday having said he would run as president in 2016.
Duterte reiterated he does not deserve the position.
“Ganito yan eh. And I hope this ends the story. Ibigay niyo yang presidency sa taong who covets it, who wants it. Hindi ko kailangan yan, ayaw ko,” Duterte said.
In a Sun.Star Bacolod story published online last month, Panelo was quoted confirming Duterte will “run for president in the 2016 national elections and may announce his plans at a proper time.”
Panelo is one of Duterte’s consultants.
The story reads, “Panelo said though he is not yet certain if Duterte will get the endorsement of the administration or by the opposition.”
“There are already movements through social media endorsing him to run for president,” Panelo added.
However, Duterte said he wants to put an end on the issue.