Duterte to bare Palace bid today before Cebuanos…maybe


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is expected to formally announce his presidential bid during an event at University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu this (Sunday) afternoon.

A DZMM radio report said that the mayor–popular for his hardline stance against criminality–will attend a pro-federalism rally within campus grounds today.

The rally was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but the report said Duterte will arrive later at 5 p.m.

His appearance will have come a day after he told a birthday celebration of his friend in Dasmariñas, Cavite that a presidential run is “on the table” for him.

Further fueling the belief that he would make his much-awaited announcement today are the participation of Senators Koko Pimentel and Alan Peter Cayetano at the UP gathering.

Pimentel heads the PDP-Laban party which carries Duterte, while Cayetano, a vice presidential aspirant, has been positioning himself as the Davao leader’s running mate for months now.

The same DZMM report said that in case a declaration isn’t made today, then Duterte would make one soon either in Iloilo or in Manila.

The “Dirty Harry”-like mayor has shown reluctance, if not ambivalence, in the past regarding a Palace run in 2016. (Samantha A. Giron)