Cebu City’s Mayor: I don’t have an agenda to run for president
Cebuanas Mayor Rodrigo Suro, a former senator, is stepping down from his post in the coming weeks to focus on running for president in 2018.
Mayor Suro’s departure was announced Wednesday morning.
He will be replaced by President Rodrigo Duterte, who has said he will seek reelection in 2022.
Duterte has made it clear he wants Suro to run again in 2022 and 2022 is one of the most likely targets.
Suro said in a statement Wednesday he will be stepping down at the end of the year.
Read more about Suro here, here, and here.
The move to remove Suro from his position comes after Duterte made public a slew of comments about him, calling him “a man with no agenda” and “a politician with no credentials.”
“I do not have an Agenda.
I am a man who loves to have fun,” Duterte told reporters on Dec. 7.
“But I have to tell you, I do have an appointment to do a job.”
Suro is a longtime critic of Duterte, with whom he has had a long history of rapprochement.
His decision comes amid a deepening rift between Duterte and Duterte loyalists, with many demanding he step down.
In May, the former president said Suro was “the worst politician” he ever met, and he told the public that he “will never allow Suro and the Davao Death Squad to become part of our Republic.”