Mindanao’s noted political leader and father of the country’s Local Government Code of 1992 would have none of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte junking a presidential run to slide down to the vice presidency in the 2016 election.
I am advising him to hit the campaign trail nationwide so that people would know about his political platform, said former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, the author of the Local Government Code that is the bible of the country’s local government units.
Pimentel is the founding head of the Partidong Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Pimente’s son, Senator Koko Pimentel III, the chair of PDP-Laban, said the party is grooming Duterte as its standard bearer in the 2016 presidential race.
Duterte however said he may only run for vice president.
The elder Pimentel has frowned on the idea, saying Duterte should take a crack at the presidency.
Pimentel said Duterte is more qualified than anybody else to run the country.
He also dismissed Duterte’s apprehension the presidential race is too big for him to tackle.
Duterte had repeatedly expressed reluctance to run for President.
If President Benigno Aquino can become President, why not Duterte?, said Pimentel.
I am telling him to go around the country so that people would know his platform, said Pumentel.
Pimentel said Mindanao would go for Duterte, but the mayor needs to connect with the Visayas and Luzon.
But Pimentel’s advice may no longer be needed.
Since late last year, Duterte had made himself and his political platform visible through the Federalism Forum he has held throughout the country.
Dubbed as a “Listening Tour,” the gatherings have Duterte advocating for a shift to a federal form of government. The forums however have also become a venue for people to push Duterte to the presidency.