Duterte answers call to run for president

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Rodrigo Duterte (File photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — CNN Philippines has confirmed that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is running for President.

In his weekly television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, which aired on Sunday, November 22, Duterte said: "The possibility of running [for president] is on the table now."

In a phone call with CNN Philippines, Cristopher "Bong" Go, Duterte's executive assistant, said that the mayor's statement means that he will run for president.

"'Yun na po 'yun," Go said.

The show was taped last Friday evening (November 20).

"If I win, that's good. If I lose, at least I was given one day in my life to talk about the truth," he said in Cebuano and in English.

He added that he could never accept the possibility of an American citizen being elected as the next Philippine president.

Duterte said the mere fact that Poe had been using her U.S. passport for comfort was a big insult to Filipinos.

A Facebook post by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also pointed to Duterte's bid.

Cayetano, who is running for vice president in the 2016 elections, posted late Saturday night (November 21) a photo on his Facebook page of a gathering in Cavite saying "Change is coming" with the hashtag #dutertecayetano.

The photo also showed him and Duterte raising each others' hands.

Change is Coming! #dutertecayetano #matapangnasolusyon #mabilisnaaksyon

Posted by Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday, November 21, 2015

'Make the rounds'

Meanwhile, a short video posted by Inquirer on its Twitter account showed Duterte answering questions from the media about his bid for the presidency.

"Yes, that's it on the table. It's a matter I've decided," Duterte said.

When asked if he would go to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday (November 23), he replied: "No, no, no. Not yet. I have to make the rounds to fill in the gaps there."

He also joked: "Sarado nga ang Comelec ngayon."

 

Duterte has been firm in his stance against running for the country's highest post, saying that it was not his ambition and that he wanted to retire from public life for good.

Earlier, however, Duterte was reported to have said that he was finally open again to the possibility of running for president.

Last September, Cayetano, along with sister Sen. Pia Cayetano, visited Duterte in Davao City, to discuss the possibility of forming a tandem for the 2016 elections.

Read more: Who is Rodrigo Duterte?

CNN Philippines' string correspondent Ben O. Tesiorna contributed to this report.