DAVAO CITY - Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Monday night that he will not join the presidential race in 2016.
Early September, Duterte announced in a press conference that he has no plans of seeking the presidency.
In the press conference held Monday, Duterte reiterated his previous statement.
The tough-talking mayor cited lack of finances needed bankroll a campaign as one of his considerations for not pursuing a presidential bid.
"Ang problema sa akin, ganito. Hindi ako nanghingi ng pera. Wala akong pera; wala akong bilyon na naipon. Wala akong alkansya," Duterte explained.
He added that he has no ambition in being the country's chief executive.
"Wala talaga akong ambisyon mag-presidente," he noted.
Duterte also said his family is against him running for the presidency.
"Ayaw ng pamilya ko," Duterte said.
He also urged his supporters not to push through with the "Million People March" slated on September 26.
"They request for me to run for President. I would like you to do me a favor this time. Pakisabi lang sa lahat huwag nilang gawin sana iyan kasi it would complicate matters. Baka sabihin ng tao atras-abante ako," he said.
Duterte intends to have his daughter Sara succeed him as Davao City mayor once he steps down next year. - With a report from Elric Ayop, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao