MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated he will not extend his presidency by the end of his term.
“I’m on the dot. On the last day of my term, or earlier than that I’ll step down,” Duterte said in his speech during an event at the Laguindingan Airport here on Friday evening, October 20.
Duterte was in the town to grace the Gokongwei-owned Cebu Pacific launching of Cagayan de Oro as its 7th domestic hub in the country.
He said when he served as the mayor of Davao City for several terms he never “exceeded one day” in office.
“Days before I am no longer there. I already installed the vice mayor. ‘You run the city. I am on my way out,’” he added.
He also clarified that he has no plans to stay in power as a dictator, saying it is not in his nature to be one.
“I mean, I will serve during my time. If you say that I desire [to be a dictator], you must be crazy,” Duterte added.
The President said the Liberal Party (LP) members have been sowing intrigues against him.
Duterte and many of his communications officials have been repeatedly saying that the LP is out to destroy his credibility as part of its destabilization plot against his administration.
“But these are just people who cannot accept defeat. They have spread intrigues against me, in the military. I told them [military], you can oust me now if you want but I will never do that,” he said.(davaotoday.com)