BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has finally set a condition on his running for President in 2016.
Duterte said he would decide on running for President in 2016 once his survey rating is at par or near the level of the front runners in surveys for presidential preference.
When there is parity, Duterte told lawyer Geraldine Tiu in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN Davao on Sunday, April 19.
Tiu, who anchors the weekly program, asked Duterte if recent results of surveys would make him decide to run.
In results of the latest surveys of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS), Duterte emerged No. 3 behind front-running Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Poe.
But Duterte also said he was not impressed by the survey results.
The rating does not mean anything to me, he said adding he has his hands full, at this point in time, in promoting Federalism.
He said a shift to a federal form of government will benefit thecountry especially Mindanao particularly on equitable distribution of national wealth.
He said under a federal form of government, states would have more fiscal control over taxes and resources unlike in the highly centralized presidential-unitary system where the local government units get a small share.
He said Mindanao, which contributes about 60 percent to national gross product, should have more share in national taxes and development funds that it presently receives.
Duterte has been going around the country since late last year with his ‘Listening Tour,’ a series of speaking engagements where he promotes the concept of Federalism.
Analysts say the Federalism tour gave Duterte wider exposure and factored in the high survey rating in the surveys of the Davao City Mayor who is extremely popular for his strong anti-corruption stand and iron-fist anti-criminality campaign in Davao City, now considered as one of the most peaceful cities in the country.