Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been visiting various parts of the country, capturing hearts of Filipinos with his succinct quips and impressive track record. As a result, more people have called for him to join the presidential race—but Manong Rody has continuously asserted that he has no plans to hit the campaign trail in 2016.
Then, a few days after declining their requests, he lets out an air of uncertainty, in no particular form, giving a glimmer of hope to his zealous admirers.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
This has been a common theme the past few months.
This time around though, Duterte shunning the idea of being president might be for good.
During a press conference on Monday (October12) in Davao City, the man also called "The Punisher" read a heart-rending speech about his #Eleksyon2016 plans in front of the media and his followers:
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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte announces that he is not running for the presidency in #Halalan2016. FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/1RC4JS1 Video by Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN DavaoPosted by ABS-CBNnews.com on Monday, October 12, 2015
The announcement comes a few days after his adviser claimed that Manong Rody will indeed run, despite no official statement from him yet at that time.
We're not discrediting the latest mayor's pronouncement, but the saturation of "Duterte: I am not running" and "Duterte to announce 2016 plans" stories have rendered us numb of the monotony.
Why not just wait until Friday, the last day of filing of Certificates of Candidacy, to confirm, once and for all, the man's plan?
Still, on the heels of that latest manifesto, it showed that there were still netizens who weren't bereft of emotions. Personalities, for one, led the people's lament:
I feel disappointed Duterte isn't running for the presidency. He has followers. Would've been an interesting race #Halalan2016— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) October 12, 2015Continue reading below ↓
True. Duterte would've made debates very interesting. And more choices for voters. https://t.co/VkSA24LbFq— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) October 12, 2015
Can Sen. Miriam Santiago please run? Now with Duterte out?— Kat De Castro⭐♎ (@KatDeCastro) October 12, 2015
However, I am proud of Duterte. Hindi siya nilamon ng ambisyon. He will always be the man who could have been president.— Kat De Castro⭐♎ (@KatDeCastro) October 12, 2015
Not all of social media were sentimental, though. Some tweeps hilariously compared Duterte's urong-sulong statements to a couple of games:
Duterte's "final" decision not to run is about as "final" as "Final" Fantasy.— Kel Fabie (@kelfabie) October 12, 2015
Rodrigo Duterte trying to decide whether or not he should run: pic.twitter.com/4QuLmydgO2— Luzviminda Kaling (@Watdahel_Marcel) October 12, 2015
While others had lots of time to overthink, and tried to break down the mayor's speech.
If anything, we leave you with a golden tweet from one of our favorite satire accounts, the Professional Heckler:
In the latest Pulse Asia survey, Grace Poe takes Luzon; Roxas takes Visayas, and Duterte takes Mindanao. Binay takes offense.— Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) October 6, 2015
So, Manong Rody, is that your final answer?