Will shaven heads convince Duterte to run?

Will shaven heads convince Duterte to run?
7 councilors of Davao City follow in the footsteps of Sara Duterte who shaves her head Wednesday afternoon and signals she is giving her blessings to her father to run for president

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Shaven heads are the latest political fashion in Davao.

Taking after Sara Duterte – daughter of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who shaved her head and posted a photo of herself sporting the new look on Wednesday afternoon, October 14 – 7 city councilors followed suit on the same day.

The 7 city councilors were identified as: Al Ryan Alejandre, Danilo Dayanghirang, and Louie John Bonguyan (all of the 2nd district); Dr. Bernie Al-ag, Victorio Advincula, and Karlo Bello (all of the 3rd district); and Nilo “Small” Abellera (1st distrist).

COUNCILORS TOO. From (R-L) Councilors Danilo Dayanghirang, Al Ryan Alejandre and Bermie Al-ag troop to the barbershop together.

On her Facebook account, Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, posted: “Nagpa upaw nalang ko samtang naghulat ‪#‎Duterte2016‬ ‪#‎kalboparasapagbabago‬‪#‎NohairWecare‬ bisan walay kwarta, bisan way makinarya, bisan mapildi ‪#‎justDUit‬”

(I just had my head shaved while waiting #Duterte2016#kalboparasapagbabago#NohairWecare even if we don’t have money, even if don’t have the machinery, even if we lose #justdUit)

Her post was interpreted by followers as a signal that she was finally giving her blessings to her father to run for president. She had been identified by Duterte himself as the one most strongly opposed to his presidential bid. 

The latest announcement from Duterte about his supposedly not running was made only last Monday, October 12, but this could still change at the very last minute. Besides, a group of businessesmen, the Anonymous Patriots for a Peaceful and Progressive Philippines (AP4), had pledged they would donate P1 billion for his campaign with no strings attached.

By Wednesday afternoon, Duterte camp insiders were reported to be preparing for a declaration or even a filing of his certificate of candidacy on Thursday, October 15. As of posting, nothing was definite. Duterte has two days left to file his certificate of candidacy.

Fourth ranking in survey

In the latest Standard Poll done by Laylo Research Strategies on presidential preferences, Duterte rated fourth in a list of 8 possible presidential candidates, obtaining 10% after Senator Grace Poe (32%), former interior secretary Mar Roxas (19%), and Binay (14%).

Others on the list were: Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (9%), Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr (7%), Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (6%), and former senator Richard Gordon (1%).

Duterte’s supporters in Davao followed the call of Sara to go bald to show their loyalty to her father, with one taking the extreme and having Duterte’s name spelled in his undercut.

DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT. Dabawenyo Randy Canoy opts for a designed Duterte head.

Retired military general Frank Villaroman, chief of the city’s public security and safety office, also joined the bald parade.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, October 14, the streets of Davao had men and women who shaved their heads to show support for, and loyalty to, Duterte. Business for the barber shops was reportedly brisk.

The shaven heads are the latest sign of firm belief that as he did in past Davao campaigns, Duterte will file his candidacy and run even after repeated denials. – Editha Z. Caduaya/Rappler.com

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