President Rodrigo Duterte has flown out of the country for an official visit to Myanmar and Thailand.
This is part of the Philippines’ preparation for the ASEAN Summit to be held in the country in April.
The President’s state visits aim to strengthen the Philippines’ ties with the two nations particularly on fighting terrorism, extremism and illegal drug trade.
“Wala sa akin ‘yang impeachment, impeachment (Impeachment is nothing to me). I go by the rules of destiny. What made me the… What gave me the presidency was pure destiny, if you consider all the things that happened along the way. And if I get impeached, if I go to prison, as long as I have the right to select where I should be — I should rot for all time. Sa Monaco lang ako, ma’am. Basta may view lang ako doon sa beach tapos may teleskopyo ako, okay na ako (I’ll be in monaco, ma’am. As long as I have a view of the beach and a telescope, that’s fine by me) ,” said President Duterte.
He also said his attention is focused on fulfilling his promise to fight corruption, criminality and illegal drugs. He will not be threatened by complaints against him.
President Duterte added that he will not be surprised if Vice President Leni Robredo is involved in the ouster plot against him.
“Alam mo si Leni with all the… Akala kasi niya ako ‘yung sa NagaLeak, ganon. Ayaw niyang maniwala, eh ‘di ‘wag. Basta kayo naniniwala lang niyan. And you can ask any…And you can ask any Cabinet member and any military man for that matter and police, ask them, was there a single call from me since I became — under sa opisina ko?” the President added.
(You know, as for Leni, with all the… she thought I have something to do with the “Nagaleaks”. She doesn’t believe me. Then don’t. As long as the rest of you believe me. And you can ask any…and you can ask any Cabinet member and any military man for that matter and police, ask them, was there a single call from me since i became…under my office?)
The Chief Executive insists that he has nothing to do with the impeachment complaint against the Vice President.
“I am beyond politics. I do not want to tinker with it. I just want to focus on my job which you have given me.” said President Duterte.
The Liberal Party has earlier defended Vice President Robredo’s side, and said that her video message to the United Nations has nothing to do with the destabilization efforts against the President. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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