Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, June 24 (Mabuhay) – Davao City Rodrigo Duterte reiterated Wednesday that he has no plans of running for president, saying there is a “rebellion in his own backyard” from family and friends who do not want him to run.

Duterte said his own family and closest friends have told him not to run. He also pointed out that he has no money for a national campaign.

Unang-una, ayaw talaga ng pamilya ko. Even the mayor, pulitiko yan si Inday Sara, she is really objecting. Naaawa daw siya sa akin. Bakit naman? Ewan ko. All of my children and yung mga kababata ko na kaibigan, sila ang nagsasabi na wag na lang. Pahinga ka na. Matanda ka na,” he added.

Duterte admitted that he is surprised by the clamor for him to run for president, saying that it all started out as a joke when he started pushing for a shift to a federal form of government.

“Suddenly, nagtataka nga ako nandito na. Probinsyano lang ako,” he said.

He said he has also had dialogues with five big campaign spenders and told them that he is not interested to run for higher office.

“I do not want my friends and supporters na nagtatampo.

Gumastos na…Sinabi ko prangkahan hindi ako tatakbo,” he said. (MNS)