Duterte feels pressure to seek presidency

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Due to public clamor, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is feeling tremendous pressure to run for president in the 2016 elections, he admitted on Sunday (October 4).

The mayor said the pressure is coming from various sectors, including a group of businessmen — the Anonymous Patriots for a Peaceful and Progressive Philippines (AP4) — who has expressed interest in helping him raise P1 billion for the campaign.

The AP4 revealed that they do not want any publicity or recognition and are merely showing support for an incorruptible political leader who could bring about peace and security.

AP4 member Benigno Gopez is set to meet with Duterte in Davao City, but details on when and where the meeting will take place were not divulged.

Meanwhile, a local group of businessmen in Mindanao has also declared support for Duterte in case he decides to run for president next year.

Another person who pledged support to the Davao City mayor is former congressman Tony Boy Floirendo, Jr., a key political operator of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Duterte was a legal consultant to the congressman’s late father, Don Antonio Floirendo.

CNN Philippines’ stringer Ben O. Tesiorna contributed to this report.