- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he does not want to live in Malacañang Palace
- Duterte is expected to be the next President of the Philippines, the first to hail from Davao City
- Duterte also promised that friends or relatives will not get any special favors from him
Presidential frontrunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would still want to be addressed as “Mayor” even as he is expected to become the next President of the country; adding that he does not like to sleep in the presidential residence at Malacañang Palace.
Duterte says he is considering going home to Davao everyday instead of living inside the Palace, which he says is filled with “ghosts.”
“Hindi pa ako sanay. Bigyan mo lang ako maski plywood o fiberglass okay lang ako. Ayoko matulog doon. Nandoon lahat ng multo na dumaan sa Pilipinas. Maglalakad sila, magkokomperensiya, eh ‘di sila doon. Tutal, past tense naman tayo. [I am not yet accustomed to it. Give me even just plywood or fiberglass and I’ll be okay. I don’t want to sleep there. All the ghosts who pass through the Philippines are there. They walk around, hold conferences, so let them stay there.. After all, we are in the past tense.],” he told ABS-CBN News.
While the final results are yet to be accounted for by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Duterte is seen as the clear winner in the 2016 elections, where he leads the candidates with more than 15 million votes.
Duterte also made it clear that he would not be entertaining friends or relatives for favors; saying he will focus on his job as president.
“There will be no friends. There will be nothing except the people of the Republic. I do not want to see friends, relatives following up anything at all. Just like the years that I have been the mayor, you do not go to me asking for favors at the expense of the people,” he said in a video posted by son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte on his official Facebook account.