DAVAO CITY, Philippines — On Thursday evening, October 16, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte welcomed and thanked the “Duterte for President” caravan which arrived in the city after coming from Manila.
In a report from Sunstar Davao, Duterte was quoted saying, “Pasalamat ko sa ila nga naa silay damgo” (I thank them for their support).
Duterte, who has been holding prominent positions in the Davao City government since 1986, have been asked by many groups to run as the next Philippine president and has been considered, “the only hope” of the Philippine government.
The supporters who led the caravan were mostly barangay captains of Davao City. The group mentioned that they will never give up in convincing other local leaders to support Duterte for the coming presidential elections in 2016. One of his supporters said that the caravan made the people realize that Duterte is the most appropriate and the most deserving to become the next president of the Philippines.
In the same report from Sunstar Davao, Duterte stated that he was relieved that his supporters were able to come back safely to Davao. He was mostly worried about the long travel the party went through just to promote him for the coming presidential elections. However, Duterte also mentioned that he has been praying that nobody would believe them and he, then again, reiterated that he has no desire to become the next president.
Supporters believing in “destiny”
In a report from Bot Consultancy, Eduardo del Rosario, former Task Force Davao commander was quoted saying, “Ito kasi parang advocacy na ito. There is what we call destiny. Kung talagang destiny ng isang tao na sya ang mamuno sa ating bayan kahit ayaw n’ya baka sa bandang dulo , ma-encourage siya na tumakbo din,” (This is like an advocacy. There is what we call destiny. If it is his destiny to lead the country, even though he is adamant not to run for president, in the end, he might still be encouraged to run for the post).