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I am a Filipino, I love my country and that is why I don’t want our countrymen to be divided based on their political beliefs. Hence, I Rodrigo Duterte officially withdraws my candidacy as President of the Republic of the Philippines – these are the words of Duterte on a rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila City On April 21, 2016 at 8:00AM. Supporters were shocked because of the unexpected announcement made by the presidential aspirant.
Duterte said that “ayokong nagkaka away away tayo sa mga ganyang bagay, napahiya ko ang bansa natin, galit na ibang bansa sa atin, I failed the Filipino People, I am sorry.”
Duterte called his supporters to obey the law and show respect to the upcoming election even though he will not participate to it anymore. “Sa mga sumusuporta sa akin, daghang salamat! Sa mga nagbigay ng pera, panahon at oras higit lalo sa mga sumama sa akin sa rally maraming maraming salamat!, Maari lamang po na galangin natin ang eleksyon, wala po akong ma endorso na kandidato sapagkat ako mismo ay bumigo sa inyo”
The leading presidential candidate reminded his supporters to show respect to other people who have other presidential preference. ”dagdag ko sa mga supporters ko, wag kayong masyadong violent, wag marahas at wag kayong mangaway sa social media, wag nyo awayin ka opisina o kaibigan nyo kung hindi sila duterte, wag nyo na masyado sayangin oras ninyo sa internet at pag edit ng mga pictures”
The Presidential aspirant claimed that the major factor that triggered his withdrawal from the presidential candidacy is attributed to the negative feedback he received from netizens concerning the rape victim Ms. Hamill “I have failed the Filipino people. Pasensya na kayo” Duterte even furthered that “nasaktan ako sa mga sinasabi sa akin sa facebook, siguro mag de activate muna ako until after election, masakit di ko kinaya, nadudurog ang puso ko.”
The Facebook that brought life and the video that killeth.
Duterte’s popularity was brought by netizens who expressed support to him and thanks to Facebook, his campaign was facilitated efficiently. Barely, six months ago, Duterte only got 15% as presidential choice according to a local survey and eventually climbed up. But the Facebook that brought life to his candidacy appeared also to be the same tool that destroys it.
In the said video, Duterte said that “sayang talaga, sana mayor ang nauna”. Duterte was referring to Ms. Hamill who was raped and killed on a riot in a Jail in Davao way back 1989. Apparently, Duterte regrets that the rapist came first to commit the crime against the woman instead of him.
An unknown Facebook user uploaded the controversial video which is continuously bashed by netizens. In the recent survey by the SWSS survey, Duterte’s popularity points drastically went down from 30% to 18.59%.
According to Mr. George Castillo, chief analyst of SWSS survey, “Malaki talaga ang impact ng mga sinabi nya patungkol sa rape victim sa davao. In fact, statistically speaking yung 18.59% maybe a +3 or -3 kasi 3 ang marginal error natin eh”.
Superman no more.
After delivering his unexpected announcement, Duterte went to the COMELEC to officially withdraw his candidacy. It was explained to him that since the papers to be used in election were already printed, his name will appear on it but the votes will not be counted during actually canvass and turn out in which Duterte agreed to.
After signing the waiver and official form of withdrawal, he swore an oath before the commissioners of COMELEC and formally filed his withdrawal. He went out of COMELEC without entertaining any interview. As of this moment, the running mate of Duterte, Sen. Cayetano has not yet given any formal statement concerning this matter.
Source Credit: newspinasblog