Duterte still won't run for president, says assistant

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has remained steadfast in his decision not to seek for the presidency in the 2016 elections even after Martin Diño withdrew from his presidential bid under Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakasng Bayan (PDP-Laban), his executive assistant said.

"Nothing has changed. It was the PDP National Council's decision to withdraw Diño," executive assistant to the city mayor, Christopher Go, said in an interview at Almendras Gym Thursday.

Go said Duterte stood pat in his decision not to run for president.

"According to the city mayor, his soul searching continues this All Souls' Day," Go said.

Diño, PDP Laban's candidate for president, withdrew from the race Thursday and named Duterte as his substitute.

The PDP-Laban, with national chair and former South Cotabato governor Mike Sueno, announced in a press conference last Tuesday at a restaurant in Pasay City that Duterte will substitute as the party's presidential bet if Diño withdraws or is disqualified from the 2016 elections.

A resolution signed by all members of the PDP-Laban stated that the city mayor is one of the strongest presidential hopefuls.

The resolution also read that Duterte must dutifully abide the decision of the party, while it also directed PDP-Laban's national secretariat to prepare for contingency plans should there be any issues relating to Duterte's substitution.

Duterte in previous reports said that he is waiting for the decision of the PDP-Laban on the issue of substitution. Diño, meanwhile, said that he is willing to abide by the decision of the political party.

Go also clarified Thursday that the television advertisements showing Duterte with vice presidentiable Alan Peter Cayetano was done out of friendship and not borne with any political motives. (Sun.Star Davao)

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