Duterte won't run for president: 'The country does not need me'

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The Davao City mayor dismissed his supporters' claim that it is his destiny to become president of the Philippines.

Davao City (CNN Philippines) — Just as the filing of the certificate of candidacy for 2016 elections started on Monday (October 12), Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued a final statement calling the clamor for him to become president a "wild dream."

In a statement, Duterte apologized to those who spent much and worked hard to support him as he went around the country espousing the benefits and advantages of federalism.

"I therefore beg for everyone's kind understanding and acceptance of my sincerest apologies," he said.

"After all, there was no ambition for me to aspire for presidency. The country does not need me. I find no need for it. I guess it is fate that wills that our long journey together should end this way."

The mayor dismissed his supporters' claim that it is his destiny to become president of the Philippines.

"I believe that my destiny is to end years and years of public life in the service of Davao City and every Dabawenyo. When all is said in the wake of this decision, perhaps we can find comfort in the thought that this is indeed a beautiful day to end a wild dream," Duterte said.

Duterte said that if his daughter, former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, would refuse to run for mayor, then he just might seek reelection. The mayor said, though, that he would rather retire.

Duterte said he hoped that his final statement would somehow put an end to all the hullabaloo over his supposed presidential bid.