President Rodrigo Duterte says he is packing less than five months before his stay in Malacanang ends.
On the eve of the election campaign for candidates to replace him, Duterte briefly shared that he longed for retirement. February 8 marks the beginning of the 90 days of campaigning ahead of the May elections.
Duterte, as usual, went silent on his Talk to the People program and on Monday evening, February 7, said he had started getting his belongings from the presidential palace.
„I’m packing. “The others,” I sent to the ship‘ said Duterte. (I’ve started packing. I’ve had some of my belongings shipped.)
Duterte said he dreamed of finally being called the “outgoing president.” He envisioned inviting the new president to the palace for an interview, or as he put it, a “tête-à-tête” before leaving Malacañang for good. On that day, Duterte said, he would look forward to the soldiers outside the palace gates no longer greeting him.
“That’s the way it is…. If you’re the president, they’ll still salute you even if you lean forward,” Duterte said in Filipino.
Duterte fell into reverie after pondering his successor aloud at the end of the program designed to give Filipinos pandemic updates. (READ: Data shows people are turning off Duterte’s late-night conversations)
He said that unless he found a “compelling reason” to do so, he would not publicly express his support for any candidate. That caveat was in spite of his daughter Sara Duterte, who worked with Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., whose family maintained an alliance with Duterte throughout his tenure.
Before signing off, Duterte said he would prepare a speech thanking the Filipinos who elected him.
“I really don’t know what made me do it,” Duterte recalls the day he submitted his candidacy certificate in November 2015.
However, Duterte’s retirement dream may not be as peaceful as he thinks.
the International Criminal Court launched an investigation into his groundbreaking legacy — the so-called “War on Drugs,” which has claimed the lives of at least 7,000 drug suspects in police operations. Human rights groups estimate that at least 30,000 people have been killed as of 2019, including those killed by vigilantes inspired by the president’s violent rhetoric. That number has since increased.
Where will Duterte go after his retirement? He said wherever God took him he would practice sleeping there. – Rappler.com