Duterte to run for President, source says

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will join the presidential race in next year’s elections, a highly placed source said Monday.

The source said Duterte will announce his presidential bid and his running mate, Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, “anytime from today until the first week of October.”

“The prospects of teaming up with Senator Cayetano sweetened everything for Digong [Duterte’s nickname]. They have a high chance of winning both posts,” the source said.

Cayetano is among the vice presidential prospects being groomed by some Liberal Party stalwarts as the running mate of the party’s standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II.

Former House Speaker Prospero Nograles said he will support Duterte once he declares his candidacy.
“Mayor Duterte will be supported by Davaoeños. I am a Davaoeño,” Nograles said.

He said he would support another presidential candidate only if Duterte did not run.

“It is considered a sin in a locality not to support somebody who will represent the area in national elections,” Nograles said.