How many “nos” has Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dished out to repeatedly stress that he is not interested in running for President in the 2016?
But nobody seems to believe him.
One of them is Davao City-based Philippine Star reporter Edith Regalado.
You are saying you are not running but your body language shows it, said Regalado during a press conference after the Mindanao Leaders’ Summit on Federalism in Davao City.
If you are not running, why are you busy going around attending gatherings and meetings?, bluntly asked Regalado with pregnant hints the mayor could already be out on the campaign trail even as he denies he is not running.
The summit followed Duterte’s meeting in Davao City with Mindanao leaders to discuss a proposal to shift to a federal form of government, a trip to Cebu City on the same mission and attendance to various meetings in Davao City where Duterte talks about federalism…. and deny that he is not running for President.
A newshen asked him if he is using federalism as a campaign platform.
Duterte said he is not and then repeated that he is not running for President because he does not have the funds for it.
Some quarters say that the federalism movement if it gains a nationwide bandwagon effect could be an effective campaign machinery for a Duterte presidential campaign.
What will convince Duterte to run?
A push from close friends, associates and political allies didn’t make him say yes. A nationwide caravan drumming up support was of no value. He said 10 million signatures asking him to run has no value, adding rhat elections are not won by signature campaigns.
Duterte also said no to calls for him to run by about 600 delegates to the First Mindanao Leaders Summit on Federalism.
Will surveys showing him leading the pack of ‘presidentiables’ make him change his mind?
BY MANNY PINOL
A survey conducted by ABS-CBN ANC Talkback showed Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte leading in voter’s preference for the position of President and Vice President.
Results of the survey by Tina Monzon-Palma’s Talkback program showed that Duterte, who has rejected calls for him to run for President, received the most number of votes from respondents to the question: “If elections were held today, who would be your pick for President?”
Duterte gained 52 followed by Miriam Defensor Santiago with 44, Mar Roxas 28, Bongbong Marcos 11, Jejomar Binay 8 and Grace Poe 7.
Posing the same question for the position of Vice President, Mayor Duterte again led the pack with 44, followed by Grace Poe with 27 and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 24.
The results of the ANC Talkback survey reflects the same trend in a Facebook EPoll conducted by Mannypinol.com FB page.
The Facebook EPoll showed Duterte ahead of the other probable presidential candidates with 66% followed by Miriam Defensor Santiago with 15% and Bongbong Marcos.
Vice President Jejomar Binay was at the tail end of the survey.
Separate surveys by two Davao City universities showed majority of Dabawenyos support Mayor Rodrigo Duterte running for President in 2016.
A survey by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the University of Mindanao (UM) has 7 out of 10 Dabawenyos rooting for a Duterte presidential run.
The survey conducted Oct. 6 to 17 had 1,200 respondents.
Respondents numbering 789 said they will support Duterte if he decides to run for president.
In the other survey by the Social Research, Training and Development Office of the Ateneo de Davao University, more than 75 percent of Dabawenyos want Duterte to run.
The survey had 630 respondent randomly picked from the city’s three political districts.
The IPO survey had side questions eliciting answers to why respondents want Duterte to be in Malacanang.
Asked why they would choose Duterte, 79 percent said that the mayor will make a good leader.
Seventeen percent said Duterte could be a good leader because of his otpn-fist anti-crime campaign.
Fifteen percent said he can maintain peace and order, 5 percent believed Duterte can implement the rule of law, 3 percent said he can address the problems on graft and corruption while 3 percent averred that he can make government officials function well.
Other presidential hopefuls landed far below with Vice President Jejomar Binay following Duterte with 92 votes or 7.7 percent, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada 83 votes or 6.9 percent, President Aquino 80 votes or 6.7 percent, Sen. Grace Poe 71 votes or 5.9 percent and Sen. Francis Escudero with 24 votes or two percent.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas only got 12 votes for one percent while Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos had 15 votes or 1.3 percent. With Alex Lopez/MB