After more than a hundred days in office as the President of the Republic, Rodrigo Duterte is now contemplating on his decision to run for the highest post in the land. He was quoted as saying that
“Seeking presidency was a mistake”, according to Duterte
Duterte said his “hugot” lines during the awarding of this year’s The Outstanding Young Men and Women (TOYM) at the Malacañang’s Rizal Hall.
“If you really don’t like the way I run things, I am ready to step down. I don’t have a problem with that. I have no illusions about power or about the presidency. “, added Duterte
Overworked + low salary
Duterte previously complained that his P130,000 salary is too small to support his two families. He also lamented that as president he is alone and lonely and deprived of privacy.
During the oath taking of officers of the People’s National Movement for Federalism (PENAMFED) yesterday, Duterte described his job as “exhausting.” He said he usually leaves Malacañang at around 3 a.m. and reviews voluminous documents from agencies.
Duterte reiterated that he has no illusions to cling to power and he is ready to step down once a federal government is established in the country.
During the awarding of the 2016 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) on that same day, Duterte admittedly said that
“I am not sure if he can even survive the next six years. I am ready to perform my job and to fulfill my promises to the Filipinos.”
I don’t need the presidency
Before departing for Cambodia last Tuesday, in his press conference, gave this remark that he may not be around ’til the end of his term, and that, after winning the presidency at 71, he had found out late in the day that “I don’t need it at my age”.
Duterte, who will be 77 by the end of his six-year term in 2022, will also be the oldest person to be elected president in the Philippines since the post-war period.
“It’s not a question of having regrets, none at all, because I entered into it. I realize now – I do not need it at this time of my life. But I tell you, I take pleasure at the end of the day, that’s the only consolation, I have a job, I am doing something right.”, added the President.
Since the day he assumed office (July 1, 2016), critics had been rising against the way he conducts his war on drugs. And now that his health issues are being targeted, all the President has to say are these:
“Oust me – good; assassinate me – better; I have this migraine every day. I have a lot of issues with my spine. What I have is really Buerger’s disease. It’s an acquired thing that you get from smoking, because of nicotine. If you guys see me always in a sad mood, I am actually pushing a nerve here to relieve the pain.”
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the health issues had not affected Duterte’s work, dismissing the remarks as “nothing serious”. Duterte no longer smokes or drinks alcohol.
Duterte “I will answer only to God”
Duterte, who has drawn flak for allegedly endorsing summary executions in his anti-drug campaign, also said he would shoot any policeman or soldier who would kill or torture innocent civilians.
“I am not a killer. I do not relish or enjoy (seeing) a Filipino sprawled there with all the blood. With regard to the killing of persons on bended knees, with hands tied behind their back, that’s not ours. Will that make you a better soldier or policeman? If they do that, I’ll shoot them.”
Corpses found with the heads or bodies wrapped in plastic and packing tape – what he described as “balot-balot” – are not the handiwork of his government, he stressed.
He said he is aware that not everyone approves of his tough stance on narcotics. He believes though that criticisms are part of the job.
“I won’t hold back and abandon my job. Somebody has to be sacrificed for it. That’s OK with me. It’s part of the territory to be disliked,” the President said.
“I do not offer any excuses or apologies. I will answer God when I face him”.
Duterte made the comments in a speech late on Monday night to businessmen as he discussed his campaign to eradicate illegal drugs, that has seen police and unknown assailants kill thousands of people since he became the president of the republic. He was quoted as saying,
“I personally killed suspected criminals when I was mayor of a southern city to set an example for police.”
In a speech last Monday night to businessmen as he discussed his campaign to eradicate illegal drugs, that has seen police and unknown assailants kill thousands of people Duterte said he led similar efforts when he was mayor of Davao, the major southern city that he ruled for most of the previous 20 years.
“In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys (police) that if I can do it why can’t you. And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”
Just our thoughts
Oh no you don’t… you’re not getting off that easy. You started this war on drugs, and when you can’t get the results you wanted you’re just going to create an alibi to cover it up?
What’s more, you are the face of the Philippines when it comes to international meetings that you need to represent. That stint in Laos and in Peru doesn’t have anything to do with your health issues. You said it in a separate interview or press conference that you intentionally DID NOT attend specific parts of the meeting because you’re afraid of confrontation from Obama.
He will answer only to God? WTF is he talking about? It was just a couple of months ago, during one of his many speeches in front of a lot of people that “there is not God“. What are you trying to pull, Mr. President?
So I’m leaving you guys with this simple question. Would the state of the Philippines had been better if President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t win the presidency? Or is his speaking engagement with whom he calls god, a sign of something more psychological?