Duterte : I will serve full term

DAVAO CITY , Philippines — He may look miserable and depleted, however President Duterte said he isn’t stopping in midstream and plans to complete his term until 2022.

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“I intend to serve really the full term, with God’s will and Allah, so that I can give to the Filipino what I have promised,” Duterte said.

He conceded the workload of the presidency is overwhelming and he has become fatigued.

In any case, Duterte said the fact that he has many issues to settle is more than enough for him to go on and fulfill his command.

“Am I happy? I am not, because I am already tired. I am 72 and I need at least seven hours of sleep to keep me up the whole day,” he said.

Duterte begins his workday usually at 1 p.m. and lasts until the wee hours of the morning the next day where he needs to read and review documents that need his signature.

Duterte however was quick to point out that he is completely aware of the job of being the President, which he said in some cases takes getting used to.

Duterte grieved how the presidency changed his way of life and he couldn’t visit his most loved home base for security reasons.

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He said the main escape from everything is for him to quit.

“The only way to escape is to quit. But I am not quitting. And quitting is not good because I have a covenant with the people. I have an agreement with the people, that I have to serve you for six years,” he said.

Duterte said he is happy that God heard his prayers particularly now that he is the top official of the land.

“I prayed for guidance especially I am not at the helm. I am the captain of the ship. I am here to serve my people,” he said.

He said he hopes to accomplish all that he promised with the assistance of the people. “But really all I need is a little patience.”

Duterte said he promised three main objectives: to address problems on corruption, illegal drugs and criminality.

“My order to the military and police is to destroy the drug organization and criminality to control it. We are also dealing with corruption in government,” the President added.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/10/09/1746894/ill-serve-full-term-duterte

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PH apologizes to South Korea for businessman kidnapped-slay

The Philippine government has issued an open statement apology to South Korea over the dubious kidnap-slay of a South Korean businessman inside the country’s police headquarters.

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Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella extend the country’s deep regrets and assured the government will resolve it quickly and bring to justice the culprits behind the death of Jee Ick-Joo.

“We apologize to the South Korean government and people for this irreparable loss but we commit to the full force of the law to ensure that justice is served and not delayed,” Abella said in a Palace news conference.

“To the Korean people, please accept our sincerest and deepest regrets,” he added.

Abella additionally extended the President and the country’s condolence to the family of the killed Korean businessman.

“We wish to take this occasion to express condolences and sympathies of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people to Mrs. Choi Kyung-jin, the widow of Mr. Jee Ick-joo, the South Korean national who met untimely death while in police custody,” Abella said.

Jee was captured by policemen in his residence in guise of an anti-drug operation last October and was later murdered in Camp Crame. The culprits requested ransom payment from Jee’s family without informing them he was dead.

Malacañang recently vowed that there will be no whitewash or concealing in the examination concerning the kidnapping and murdered of the Korean national by suspected rogue policemen.

Abella said the government does not allow corrupt, abusive and errant policemen who deceive the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization and the people.

Earlier, the President rejected calls the resignation of PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa over the murder of the Korean businessman, proclaiming he continues to trust his top police.

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Duterte in like manner practically cleared Dela Rosa from liability over the incident, saying there was no criminal intention on the part of the PNP chief.

“There are two ways of committing crime under the revised penal code. What are they? Felony, malice or negligence,” he said. “Who would want that to happen inside your camp? No one,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Palace admits that the murdering of the South Korean demonstrates the “depth” of corruption inside government organizations including the PNP.

“Let’s go back to the President’s campaign theme to stop crime, corruption and illegal drugs. And apparently this is particular situation indicates there is truly a depth of corruption within the government system,” Abella said.

On concerns Dela Rosa seems to be untouchable, Abella insisted that the President totally trusts the PNP chief as part of the government group.

Source: http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/01/24/ph-apologizes-to-south-korea-for-businessmans-kidnap-slay/