Rodrigo Duterte to seek re-election as Davao City mayor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Rodrigo Duterte will run in the 2016 elections as Davao City mayor.

This was made official on Thursday (October 15) after Duterte's authorized representative, Christopher Bong Go, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on his behalf.

Go submitted Duterte's COC at the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao City at around 2:30 p.m.

Go said Duterte himself could not go to the Comelec office as he had just come from Palawan and was resting at his house.

Someone overheard Go asking a Comelec official if the COC could still be withdrawn at a later time, to which the official said yes.

Go said though that Duterte hoped that the filing of his COC for mayor would finally put an end to all speculations and rumors that he was running for president. Go was even seen wearing a shirt which says: "No is No."

Other councilors belonging to local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod also filed their COCs. But the party still had no candidate for vice mayor.

In a statement that Duterte himself read on Monday (October 12), he apologized to those who had spent much and worked hard to support him as he went around the country espousing the benefits 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."

Duterte said that if his daughter, former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, would refuse to run for mayor, then he just might seek re-election.

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On Tuesday, Duterte-Carpio posted a photo on Instagram showing her shaved head with the hashtags #Duterte2016, #kalboparasapagbabago, #NohairWecare, and #justDUit.