MANILA -- Davao City Rodrigo Duterte denied on Friday night that he would eventually be a substitute candidate for Martin Diño, who, at the last minute, filed a certificate of candidacy (COC) for president under their party, PDP-Laban.
"Mahal kong mga kababayan, hindi ko laro 'yan. Noon pa man, kaya ako tumagal sa pulitika dito sa Davao, isang salita lang ako. 'Pag sinabi ko 'yun, and if it's really stated in public, or semi-public, that's it. Ke nagkamali ako, o ano ang nasabi ko, 'pag nabitaw ko 'yang salita na 'yan, nabitawan ko, wala na 'yan. So wala nang substitute-substitute. Hindi naman ako pang substitute eh, pang-original ako, bakit ako gawing substitute?" he told dzMM in an interview after the period for the filing of COCs closed.
Duterte also denied he was in Manila to file his COC. He said he stayed at home in Davao City on Friday. "Hindi naman ako lumalabas eh," he said.
He also said "leaders" in Manila were aware that he was in Davao City.
"Alam nila 'yang mga leader diyan na andito lang ako sa Davao. At alam nila na hindi ako sumakay ng eroplano. Nagpadala sila ng eroplano kaninang tanghali, sabi ko ayaw ko, ayaw ko lokohin ang Pilipinas," Duterte said.
"Sabi ko, hindi ako sasakay diyan kasi mahuhulog 'yan. Mawalan pa 'yung Davao City ng mayor," he added, referring to the private plane, allegedly sent by a certain "Secretary Alvarez," that was supposed to bring him to Manila.
According to Duterte, rumors that he was going to run for president came from questions journalists often ask him.
"Pero kapag nagtatanong kasi sila, 'If you were president...,' ganun kasi ang predicate nila eh," he said.
He also reiterated that he was going around the country just to promote federalism as a solution to the problems of Mindanao.
SARA'S HEAD, COC
Duterte added that people misinterpreted the reason why his daughter, Sara, shaved her head.
"Alam mo kasi, hindi nila nakuha 'yang pagkalbo-kalbo ni Inday. Finactor-in ni Inday 'yung mga 'DuIt DuIt' just to, hindi naman spite, but sarcasm na bakit, leave my father alone. Kasi walang makinarya, walang pera.
"Para bang ganito eh, o, wala kang pera, wala kang makinarya, bakit gusto mo? Sige, do it. Ganun 'yun. Kaya lang, iba-iba 'yung sulat, pati boses ng tao. Si Inday, ganun 'yung kanya. 'Yung pakalbo niya to protest 'yung mga taong pinipilit," Duterte said.
He also explained why Sara posted a photo of her COC.
"Alam mo 'yang si Inday, hindi ko alam saan nagmana 'yan. It was really intended to be a sarcastic remark. Pero kung basahin mo, plantsado, siyempre anak mo. Pero kung ako ang kausap niya, ganito mangyari niyan, "O sige, tatakbo ka? Wala kang pera, wala kang makinarya. Gusto mo ba matalo? O sige, just do it." Alam naman niya na hindi ako tatakbo."
What Sara did was her way to save herself and her family from those attacking them on social media, he said.
"Hindi, naawa na lang 'yun kasi bugbog na kaming pamilya, pati siya binugbog ng social media. Selfish, kung ano na lang. Sabi niya, sige hayaan mo ang tatay ko, kung gusto lang niya. 'Yun na lang ang ano niya, pang-saving grace na lang 'yun sa pamilya."
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