The tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte might run for the presidency after all.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 21, 2015 that it is a Duterte-Cayetano tandem for the 2016 elections.
In a phone interview on Saturday night, Cayetano said: “Yes, he will not allow the Constitution to be disregarded and it’s just a matter of talking to the PDP-Laban and setting everything in motion.”
Duterte, who had just come from Iloilo, made the bold announcement when asked by reporters in an ambush interview.
“When he got here (in Cavite), he said that—he’s now open to a presidential run,” said the Senate majority leader.
“My candidacy for the presidency is now on the table,” Duterte said at a birthday celebration of his law school classmate here in Dasmariñas on Saturday night.
It was yet the strongest statement the reluctant candidate said on his on-and-off presidential intentions.
Duterte in a speech that lasted for about 30 minutes said what changed his mind was the recent decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) throwing the disqualification case questioning the citizenship of Sen. Grace Poe who has been accused of not being a natural-born citizen.