MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Following his latest dismissal recommendation, President Duterte now says that he wants to end his tenure in 2022.
"I will leave, if God wants it, it will be in 2022", said Duterte during the anniversary of the Lex Talionis Fraternity at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao during the weekend.
Yesterday he also made his first public appearance since the communist leader Jose Maria Sison claimed that the president had fallen into a coma.
Duterte was his usual fiery self when he addressed the members of the League of Communes-Visayas chapter in Cebu.
Earlier in Davao, he explained that he said he wanted to resign from frustration because of the enormous problems his administration had to deal with.
"I was so annoyed, tired, so I said if that was the situation, why would I sacrifice by serving as president and I could not even trust anyone, I said it was hard, and then I said all those things. tired, "he said.
"When I said I would resign, it was said after my conference with the generals outside the room in Malacañang, it was just a sounding board, which echoed what I told the soldiers and the police during a command conference," he added. to it.
The president told the army and police generals that he should be simple if they no longer wanted him in the office.
"I told the generals if you do not want me and there is no cooperation, say it now I am willing to go downstairs, to resign, I only need someone to get up in this room And if you decide kung madhay ba dyan eh di sige (there is someone better, go ahead). "
Duterte also told the military and police officials not to give him a crisis, such as the failed coup d'état. Antonio Trillanes IV launched when he was a military officer.
"You just call me and we'll drink coffee, do not be like that charlatan Trillanes after may dala pang baril (who wore a gun), he added.
The president said he had no plans to use soldiers and policemen against each other to keep himself in power.
& # 39; If you think I should go, why would you kill your own soldiers? Why would I do that? Why would I waste the lives of my soldiers and police? "He added.
Duterte: I'm not in a coma
Duterte has also denied that he is seriously ill and has attacked Jose Maria Sison because he said he was in a coma.
In a live Facebook video that has been uploaded to hear rumors that he is ill, Duterte said that Sison is the one who suffers from illness. The video was made while Duterte ate in a hotel in Davao City on Monday night.
"I live – reasonably healthy and I'm going to eat with a nice lady from Davao, she is Bernice, she is on leave from Harvard, I invited her to discuss some things along the way," Duterte said in the almost five minutes of video posted by the special assistant of President Christopher Go.
"I'm still okay." He (Sison) said I'm comatose, how can you be a comatose with a pretty lady? "" If I was comatose and saw Bernice, I would really get up. "" That's it. "You have the comatose. You are the one who is ill, "he added.
The president mocked Sison and wished him a long life.
"Joma, ang wish ko sa buhay, maski wala ka nang silbi sa mundong ito, mabubuhay ka pa rin ng mga 1,000 years para ikot ng ikot ka na lang dito sa mundo (Joma, I wish you would live another 1000 years, even if you no longer have a goal, so that you can wander aimlessly around, "he said.
"I think you're the reincarnation of the man … it's biblical … I do not know if it's in a book in the Bible, he's a man walking around the planet Earth, and he's not going to die, "he added.
Duterte referred to the Wandering Jew, a legendary character who was doomed to walk the earth to the end of the world because he was scorning Jesus Christ.
Duterte also claimed that the Netherlands is already complaining about the costs of Sison.
The rebel leader has been in exile in the European country since 1987.
& # 39; You often visit the hospital without paying your bills. You do not pay and you abuse the hospitality of the Netherlands, "Duterte said.
The president said he would bring Sison to prison if he returned to the Philippines.
"If you think you're sick, come home and I'll take you to the place – it's called Bilibid, where we'll give you a room: a bed and … enough to keep you company," he said. .
Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio also reprimanded Sison.
Sara claimed that a concierge is the one who places Sison on Facebook.
"A few years ago, Joma Sison sent me chocolates and a note, it was a surprise because I did not think he knew me then, but the message was rational and pleasant," Sara said in a statement yesterday.
"His recent Facebook posts about the dying President Rodrigo Duterte are not rational and after a long time Joma (I thought he really was the one who placed it or maybe it was only the concierge of Sison) My guess is, at the rate that he or his carer unravels, he will soon say that PRD is not a human, but an alien in the form of Rodrigo Duterte, "she said.
Malacañang is of the opinion that it is not necessary to cover up Sison's claim that Duterte is ill.
"Mahirap na pong patulan ang mga ganoong usapan Parang pambata ng usapan yung ganoon (It is difficult to respond to such conversations, it is like a conversation between children)," said the transmitter dzRH.
Go also said that it is not necessary to determine who gave Sison the information. He repeated that Duterte remains in top condition.
"Sabi ko mas malakas pa ito sa inyo (He is even stronger than you)," he added.
Duterte flew to Cebu City to take part in the conference of the League of Visayas Municipalities at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.
He returned to Davao City where he would stay most of the time before flying to Israel for a state visit on September 2nd.
Sison & # 39; s wish
Sison said he was "happy" to see Duterte living in a Facebook video.
"If the video of Duterte hotel dating of a young woman was really recorded on Monday night, I am happy to see that Duterte is still alive and that there is a chance of his life long enough to be held responsible for his crimes against the people and tried by the people's court or by the International Criminal Court, "Sison said in a statement in his Facebook account.
"Unlike him, I have no death wish for Duterte, I wish he lived long enough to get an arrest warrant, in contrast to the thousands of victims of Oplan Tokhang," he added.
Sison also said that Duterte looked tired in the video and seemed to recover from a medical treatment.
"I'm also happy that the aforementioned video shows that Duterte looked very exhausted and despondent, his face still very dark and drooping his right eye, looking like he just got out of dialysis or another treatment on Sunday," he.
Sison said that Duterte's contradictory statements against him are also a sign of his weakened mental and moral condition.
He quoted Duterte's claim that he had been a charity patient in Dutch hospitals and left, but the army said he was spending a lavish lifestyle in the Netherlands.
"I have never stopped to suppose that Duterte is still alive and capable of committing more mischief, mass murder and mass intimidation, as you can read in my message to the 5th National Congress of Karapatan," Sison said.
In his report, Sison quoted a photo of Duterte present at the national conference of Lex Talionis Fraternity.
"If you read the following text carefully, you can see that I qualified the report that Duterte had gone into a coma to be" verified or denied "," Sison said.
"Below is a photo of Duterte at the national conference of his San Beda Law fraternity Lex Talionis last night, Saturday, in Davao City, and those who saw him reported that the darkness of his face had worsened since his appearance and that his walk and The last report (still to be verified or ignored) is that Duterte has been in a coma since the afternoon or evening of today, Sunday 19 August, "says Sison's message. – With Jose Rodel Clapano