Duterte eyes PNG as retirement spot, hiding place after term

Published November 17, 2018, 3:02 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Genalyn Kabiling

PORT MORESBY — President Duterte is eyeing Papua New Guinea as his possible retirement spot after his six-year presidency.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at the Port Area in Manila on October 25, 2018. (REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President said he might travel to Papua New Guinea to “hide” and enjoy a simple life amid facing complaints over the alleged crimes linked to his deadly war on drugs.

“Maybe after the end of my term I will catch the next available flight to reach Papua New Guinea. Magtago na lang ako doon sa bukid na [I will hide there in the farm],” he said before an assembly of Filipino community here last Friday night.

“I’m sure the governor can arrange for a simple living there,” he said, referring to
Allan Bird, governor of the province East Sepik, Papua New Guinea.

Duterte said he was grateful for Papua New Guinea’s kindness to Filipinos working here, adding he intends to help its neighbor on education and agriculture development.

“You know, Papua New Guinea has been very kind to us and I have talked to the Prime Minister. He went back and forth to Davao twice just to invite me,” he said.

The President issued the remarks after rejecting the preliminary probe initiated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity in connection with the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs.

The Philippine leader earlier said the ICC does not have jurisdiction over him, insisting that the Rome Statute was not effective and enforceable in the country due to lack of publication in the Official Gazette as required by law.

Duterte, however, renewed his resolve to combat the illegal drug trade, threatening anew to kill those who will destroy the nation. He was also unfazed if he lands in jail over his anti-drug efforts.

“Do not destroy my city because I will kill you. Do not feed our children with shabu and drugs. Do not destroy the only assets that we have kasi p***** i** papatayin ko talaga kita,” he said.

“Who give you the right to deprive us of our universal happiness? Bakit sino ka ba? Sisirain mo ang mga pamilya namin [Who are you to destroy our families?],” he said.

“Never mind me going to jail. If I skip on time, magkikita-kita rin tayo dito. Wala namang extradition treaty [We will see each other here. There’s no extradition treaty],” he added.