Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said “God has given me everything in life,” and would not risk being called “greedy” by the Almighty by seeking the Presidency in 2016.
“God might call me greedy,” Duterte, whose high rating in surveys placed him among the top three contenders to the presidency, said in a previous edition of the Gikan sa Masa para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN.
I see no reason to be President. God has given me everything, he said.
I have received enough accolades in my lifetime. You don’t bring titles to heaven. What will I gain from being President? said Duterte, who has been Davao City Mayor for more than 20 years.
Duterte, 70, also said his age would be a burden and he may not able to cope up with the job.
Known as a hard-working mayor, Duterte is known to drive a taxi overnight to personally help monitor Davao City’s nocturnal peace and order situation.
I work 28 hours a day as mayor’ he said, adding the presidency would demand more time from him.
He said he does not want to work 40 hours a day as President doing his best to solve the country’s woes and then get charged for various crimes when he bows out of office.
The presidency will give me nothing but worries considering the problems of the country, he said.
Duterte also said if he becomes President, he could be charged after his term ends not with graft or plunder but with mass murder.
I will never steal but funeral parlors will have to expand their franchize, he said in another edition of his television program.
He hinted of massive nationwide campaign against criminals and large-scale murder if he is in Malacanang.
Criminals would fatten fishes in the oceans, he said of a morbid scenario of his peace and order campaign.
Duterte is well known for his iron-fist campaign in Davao City where hundreds of suspected criminals were terminated allegedly by the Davao Death Squad (DDS).
The Commission on Human Rights has investigated Duterte for his links to the extrajudicial killings and the DDS.
Run, Rody, run!
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
With God slow in coming to give Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte the go-signal to run for President in 2016, the ‘Son of God’ says God has already sent his sign in the voice of people pushing him to run.
The voice of the people is the voice of God, said Davao City-based televangelist Apollo Quiboloy.
Quiboloy, head pastor of the millions-strong The Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name, preaches himself as the anointed “Son of God.”
The pastor, who parlayed a small congregation in the 80s into a religious phenomenon that has spread worldwide, is a friend of Duterte and a strong supporter of the movement pushing Duterte to run for President.
Duterte has barged into the top three of surveys for presidential preference, but has yet to announce whether he will run or not.
Earlier this year, Duterte said he was waiting for “signs from God” before making a decision.
You cannot turn your back on the people. Remember that the voice of the people is the voice of God, Quiboloy told Duterte, during the celebration recently of the pastor’s 64th birthday.
Earlier, Quiboloy said he foresees Duterte becoming president because it is the destiny (of Duterte).
In his response to Quiboloy’s speech, Duterte said he never coveted the presidency but added he would “humbly obey” if it is God’s will for him to run.
People are saying that I should run for president but that is not for me to decide. It is something which comes from God,” he said.
Mayor Rody Duterte’s support rating has climbed steadily from practically nothing last year to 16.2% in the latest polling by the Magdalo partylist group (April 14-16)
Duterte sprung a surprise with a 12% rating in the first survey this year by Pulse Asia (March 1-7). This high rating of support for someone new on the national stage was validated by the SWS survey (March 20-23) at 15%.
From this survey, the trend is very clear that the more Mayor Duterte goes around the country for his Listening Tour, the more people are attracted to the chief executive of the one of the most progressive and peaceful cities in the country and his advocacy for Federalism.
In the 4-month period, it appears Duterte is gaining at least 4% support on average. That is equivalent to 2 million a month if there are 50 million voters in the country.
What is even more amazing is the grassroots nature of his spectacular rise backed by countless volunteers here and abroad with practically nothing but the hope that the country could be better ran by someone with a vision for a federal-parliamentary shift of government, and someone with passion to carry this dream come true.