President Duterte remarks: “I am thinking of stepping down”
President Rodrigo Duterte made a seismic announcement during a speech at Malacanang.
“I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired, well, I’m not angry against anybody. My chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless, and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”
The President’s supporters in the U.S. say it was more of a statement of exasperation rather than true intent of leaving office.
“The President is a human being like everyone else. He feels tired and frustrated too because 24/7 his administration put in process, time, energy, resources to eradicate corruption. Yet, it still exists,” said Kelly Dayag.
Dayag has faith that Duterte will finish his term.
“As long as the oligarchs, the church, some members of the mainstream media will de-subject pollution and imagination to destabilize the government, I have 100% confidence in the resiliency of the president that he will finish his term to the last day.”
Rodel Rodis of the US Pinoys for Good Governance — who has been very critical of the president — welcomes the idea of Duterte leaving office.
“This is the one time I hope he fulfills his promise. We all know that he promised to get rid of the drug problem in 6 months, or he would resign. When that didn’t happen, he asked for another 6 months and on and on.”
Rodis believes it may be due to health reasons that Duterte is considering leaving office; however, he does not think it will happen.
“China will do everything to make sure Duterte doesn’t resign because their ambitions and their actions in the west Philippine sea will be jeopardized if Duterte leaves office.”
Meanwhile, Malacanang says President Duterte will resign if former Senator Ferdinand Marcos junior wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
“”President Duterte has said that he thinks Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better qualified leader to succeed him. If there’s developments and he will win the protest and he becomes vice president, yes, he will make true his word.”
As far as the vice president is concerned — Robredo is focused on her work rather than the president’s statements.
Robredo defeated Marcos by more than 260,000 votes.
A recount is on-going.