Mayor Rodrigo Duterte filed Thursday his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for mayor, finally ending all speculations he would eventually plunge into the presidential race in 2016.
Duterte issued a special power of attorney for his executive assistant Lawrence “Bong” Go and City Administrator Melchor Quitain to file his candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here.
Go, who was wearing a white t-shirt with a message at the back: “Sinabi ko na ayaw ko, ang titigas ng ulo nyo (I told you I do not want to, you are hard headed)” while the message on the front of the t-shirt says: “No is No”.
Go and Quitain arrived at the Comelec office at 2:36 p.m., bringing with them Duterte’s CoC. Comelec marked his CoC received at 2.45PM.
Go said he and Quitain were just asked by Duterte to file his COC for mayor with no other instruction or message to his supporters and the people anxiously waiting his final decision.
In reaction to former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s new skinhead style as a show of support to his father, Go said people have different interpretations of Sara’s action.
Sara posted a picture of her shaven head with several hashtags on Instagram stirring netizens to believe it could be a sign of bigger things to come. Earlier, Duterte cited Sara’s opposition to his running for the presidency.
According to Go, Duterte was already decided since Monday when the mayor announced with finality that he was not bent on seeking the highest post in the country.
“..this is indeed a beautiful day to end a wild dream,” Duterte said at the end of his unsigned press statement last Monday.
Duterte even apologized for disappointing those who spent much and worked hard and long to support him when he went around the country espousing the benefits and advantages of federalism.(PNA- By Lilian C. Mellejor)