Duterte on 2016: Too few choices for president

By Trisha Mostoles, ABS-CBN News Pampanga

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - If he had his way, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would rather see two other politicians seek higher office in 2016 and not just the candidates who have announced their intention to run for president.

Speaking to Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Duterte revealed he is intent on retiring from politics by next year instead of pursuing the presidency.

Duterte conceded that one reason why some sectors are pushing him to run for president is because there are too few choices for voters.

He added he would like to see politicians like former Senator Panfilo Lacson and Sen. Antonio Trillanes declare their own plans to run for higher office.

"'Yan ang problema. Kaya gusto ko tumakbo si Lacson, si Trillanes, kasi when the smoke clears, dalawa lang [ang kandidato] e. Gusto ko mag-ambisyon yung iba kasi kulang pa tayo...I am urging them to file certificates of candidacy ngayong October," he said.

"Kulang tayo. Ang choices ng Pilipino medyo barado. Kasi ang pwede lang diyan si Binay at si...wala tayong ibang choice. Gusto ko dagdagan," he said.

Duterte visited the province of Pampanga on Monday where he met with Pineda, a known ally of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Asked if he will run for president next year, he said: "Wala na. This is for the first time. Sinabi ko na din ito kay Pastor [Apollo] Quiboloy. Pati si Inday (Sara Duterte), anak ko, ayaw talaga."

He repeated the same message when asked by reporters if there is a chance he might change his mind.

"Ayaw ng pamilya ko e pero marami nang nagastos ang mga supporters ko," he said.

Duterte has consistently said that he will not run for president despite the airing of political ads that seem to back his candidacy in the 2016 elections.

The mayor has denied that he is behind the ads, saying: "Hindi akin ‘yan, kasi hindi ako g*go na magpadrama-drama pa."

He earlier warned that up to 100,000 criminals could die if he is elected president of the country.

He has also joked that he will only run for president if he beats the pre-election survey ratings of the front runner, Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

During his visit to Pampanga, Duterte again pushed for a shift to federalism, saying most countries that have a federal form of government are undeniably progressive.

He also said federalism is another option to attain peace in Mindanao if the Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed into law.