Health reasons? Duterte hints he might quit before his last term ends?

The mayor did not deny or confirm it —is there a basis to believe we see this coming? In another view, he might have downplayed the rumors by not putting his word on it. But the mayors speaks out —maybe in due time?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte did not categorically
deny or confirm rumors he will not complete his last three-year term in favor
of his –lawyer-daughter, vice mayor-elect Sara, saying his decision will
depend on his health.

Duterte tried to evade the question when asked by reporters Thursday at the
Grand Men Seng Hotel before thanking the city’s barangay captains, mostly
members of his Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod party.

The Dutertes, both ran with political unknowns as opponents, won with very
wide margins based on the Namfrel count as of May 19 which covered around 85
percent of the precincts. The mayor’s closest opponent got a measly 1,682 votes compared to his 338,
909. The younger Duterte appears to have a tougher lone opponent, Dr. Jeff Ho,
but he only managed to get 38, 997 votes as compared to her 310, 358

Davao City reporters monitored the Duterte camp prior to Election Day over
rumors the some candidates for councilors became keen on topping the race in
anticipation of the mayor’s possible resignation halfway through his term to
accept a Cabinet position.

Based on the law of succession, the move would make Sara mayor and the number
one councilor vice mayor. Sara, 28 is the first woman to become this city’s
vice mayor.

Based on the final and unofficial count from Namfrel Davao as of May 19 with
around 85 percent of precincts tallied, six candidates are leading the race
for the city council in the city’s three districts.

Getting big chunks of the vote are Councilors Ma. Belen Acosta (86, 405) and
Leonardo Avila III (79, 887) from the first district; neophyte Louie John
Bonguyan (75, 836), son of the outgoing vice mayor Luis and re-electionist
Diosadado Angelo Mahipus(71, 613) from the second district; and deputy mayor
at-large Myrna Dalodo Ortiz (63, 900) and re-electionist Wilberto Al-ag (60,017).

During the campaign, the mayor has introduced Sara as the one that could
continue the family’s legacy to Davao City politics.

In the run-up to the election period and prior to the appointment of
Hermogenes Ebdane as Secretary of the Department of National Defense, Duterte
revealed that a national government official offered him the same post.

Duterte told reporters he declined the post for a number of reasons, including
his dislike to work with the American military.

Prior to fielding his daughter as running mate, Duterte said he would resign
if Dabawenyos voted for an erstwhile ally, former mayor Benjamin de Guzman.
Reports said the mayor fielded Sara, who he said topped surveys, after
learning that De Guzman was planning to run for vice mayor.

De Guzman eventually ran for representative of the city’s third district
against Duterte’s bet Isidro Ungab and a sitting councilor who is a scion of
the Lopezes. Official and unofficial counts showed Ungab is winning.

There were reports winners from Davao City will be proclaimed Saturday night.
Most of the winners in Southeastern Mindanao’s 44 towns have been proclaimed
as of Friday, according to the Commission on Elections regional office. It was
not known if winners in the region’s four provinces, four other cities and
eight other congressional were already proclaimed. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)


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