Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Duterte: I Am Not Running For President. I Will Retire My Public Life For Good.

According to Numbeo.com, Davao City is consider the fifth safest city in the world. The crime index is 18.18 and safety index of 81.82. The city is led by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Osaka, Japan tops the list with a safety index of 84.47, followed by Seoul, South Korea and singapore. Numbeo.com is utilizes ranking of cities in terms of cost of living, quality life as well as health care.
As of August 2015, Duterte has made hints to the media of his possible intent to run for the presidency come 2016, with the promise of abolishing Congress altogether in favor of a parliament, if he ever wins.Though he does not score very well in opinion polls when compared to the likes of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, experts have noted that this does little damage to his candidacy or qualifications.

"Hindi ako tatako ng presidente. Wala akong ambisyon maging presidente. In 2016, I will retire my public life for good."- Mayor Duterte

"After consulting my family and everybody else connected to my life, I would like to categorically state now and also for the agony of those waiting for those who believe in me: hindi ako tatakbo pagkapresidente" - Mayor Duterte

On September 7, 2015 in a press conference held at Davao City, Duterte officially declared he will not be running for presidential candidacy in 2016 and apologized to all of his supporters on the decision. He additionally stated that he might be retiring from politics after his term as Mayor of Davao City ends in 2016 due to health concerns. Mixed reactions erupted in social media hours after the declaration and several supporters still continue to petition online urging the mayor to revert his decision.


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