Reffering to the SET decision about the disqualification case favoring Senator Grace Poe, the Davao City Mayor says ” This is not about politics. But this is a constitutional issue, a legal issue, I cannot accept a american president.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday night, November 19, “the option to run as president is already open.”
In a press conference after he attended the city-wide youth congress in the afternoon, Duterte said he is terribly disgusted and disappointed by recent developments in this country.
“First, let us just say, I am terribly disappointed. Second, I cannot accept Grace Poe as a legitimate candidate for president because I agree with the justices of the SC (Supreme Court) that this is a legal issue and not a political issue. Third, the option for me to run for president is already open,” he said.
When reporters wants to clarify what he meant, Duterte reiterated, “The option is already open to me because i am terribly disaapointed.”
He also added that he cannot accept Poe as his president.”This is not about politics. But this is a constitutional issue, a legal issue, I cannot accept an American president.”
On November 17, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) voted 5-4 denying the petition to disqualify Poe from the 2013 senatorial elections.
A month later, a visibly irritated Duterte faced the media and said, “Stop fucking the Filipino people. Even people who are at the airport are victimized by laglag-bala (planted bullets), the drugs problem. And the government does not have a concrete program for these. They are in power, they are receiving salaries, and yet they are not doing what is necessary for governance. As I said, stop fucking the Filipino people.”
The airport incidents,according to Duterte, indicate how government works.
“The drugs problem, the criminalities, the corruption – if they cannot stop it and if nobody fixes the government, I will do it for free for the Filipino people,” Duterte said.
When asked how he could stop these problems, Duterte countered with a question “Will you sell your votes?”
When a radio reporter answered, “No, Mayor,” Duterte said, “Then, I will give it to you for free.”
Earlier revealed that the Duterte siblings including the Mayor’s ex-wife Elizabeth will support his political decision.
“Whatever it is, we support him 100%,” he said.
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