MANILA - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has no plans of supporting the presidential bid of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in 2016.
Duterte said he will not support the Liberal Party (LP) because of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who is reported to be included in the administration party's senatorial ticket.
De Lima earlier said in an interview on ANC that she does not want Duterte to be part of the LP slate, adding she cannot run side by side with the Davao City mayor.
"Hindi ko susuportahan si Mar kasi andiyan si De Lima. Sabi ni De Lima as a matter of principle, ayaw niya (to be with me under the same political party)? So as a matter of principle, I will not support the Liberal Party," Duterte said.
Duterte and De Lima have been at odds since 2009 when the justice secretary, then human rights commissioner, investigated the mayor for his alleged involvement in the Davao Death Squad.
Duterte, on the other hand, has criticized De Lima over the illegal activities inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) as well as her decision to block former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from leaving the country in 2011.
Meanwhile, Duterte reiterated that he is not interested in seeking the presidency in 2016, saying his high numbers in recent voter preference surveys do not affect him.
Asked who he believes can be a good president next year, he gave the name of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
"Hindi nga ako tatakbo. Ang tao kasi ang problema. Nasanay ang tao sa kurapsyon at kawalan ng disiplina. Hindi matitinag sa disiplina ang Pilipinas," he said.
"Wala akong nakikitang (naaangkop bilang presidente), kahit ako. Siguro si Marcos. Siya lang naman ang Marcos sa mundo," said Duterte. -- Report from Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao