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.
“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.