Duterte hems and haws on presidential plan

February 23, 2015 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters came with stuffs usually given away by presidential candidates – ballers and wristwatches with his face on them. IMG_1906
PRESIDENTIAL TIMBER. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte poses
with Pangasinan media after he spoke last February 18
at the Rotary-Club of Dagupan City. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

But he continued to hem and haw on his presidential plan.
During a visit to this city on February 11, Duterte told students of the Lyceum Northwestern University that he was willing to run for president of the country “if only to save the Republic.”
“If only to save this Republic, I could run for president. I could make this sacrifice if only to save this country from being fractured,” Duterte said as an answer to a question fielded by one of the participants.
Then during a inter-cluster meeting of the Rotary Club International District 3790, he said if he were the president, he would declare a revolutionary government and then go for a consensus if the government would be changed to a federal form after three or four years.
But he later said his plans for the presidency was not his ambition, only a vision for the country.
“I was personifying (the presidency) to talk about it. I was just referring to the problems of the country,” he said when asked about his answer to the student during the forum.
“That is why I said that was my vision, not my ambition. That is my advice to whoever becomes the president,” he said.
He told reporters that he could be run for presidency because he did not have the money for a nationwide campaign.
Duterte said he was in the city only because of his friends and classmates from San Beda College.
“Anybody of us could be the solution (to the country’s problems) kaya lang ako wala talaga akong pera. That is why I am taking out myself out of the loop because wala talaga akong pera. You need ten to fifteen billion. You can ask for the money but at what price would you get it? Even money has a price,” he said.
He said he was in the northern Luzon only because of his desire to have the government changed to federalism. “which the country can’t have unless the president embraces it.”

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