I won’t become a dictator but don’t mess with me, Duterte warns

Published June 25, 2019, 4:42 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling 

With three years left in his term, President Duterte has assured the public that he has no intention of becoming a dictator but warned enemies of the state not to mess with him and the nation.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message after watching the movie "Kontradiksyon" during its premiere at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on June 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message after watching the movie “Kontradiksyon” during its premiere at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on June 24, 2019. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

The President said he would actually be happy to leave government amid the tough workload, that includes fighting corruption, illegal drugs and criminality.

“Corruption, droga, criminality, huwag muna… Three years na lang. Maghintay na lang kayo ng three years. After that, I go [Don’t get involved in corruption, drugs, criminality. I have three years left. Just wait after three years. After that, I go],” he said during the film premiere at SM Megamall in Ortigas, Pasig City Monday night.

“‘Wag kayong maniwala na mag-diktador ako. Kaligaya ko na lang ah matagal na ako sa gobyerno [Don’t belie that I will be a dictator. I’d be happy to leave. I’ve been in government for a long time],” he said.

Duterte however warned about adverse consequence against those involved in illegal drugs, crime and corruption.

“Kung ano ang kaya mong gawin, I can do it better 100 times so do not f**k with me. ‘Pag sinabi kong huwag, lalo na kung nakakasira sa bayan, huwag [Whatever you do, I can do it better 100 times so do not f**k with me. If I say don’t do it, especially if it harms the nation, do not do it],” he said.

The President also cautioned government officials including policemen not to commit corruption and crime, or else face a possible shootout with him. He said either they work together in government or kill each other

“P***** i** pagka pumasok ka ng corruption, magbabarilan tayo dito. So mamili ka: Either we kill each other — depende na lang kung sinong mauna sa atin — or we work together [Son of a b*tch, if you are involved in corruption, let’s shoot each other here. Choose: Either we kill each other, depending who can draw the gun first, or we work together],” he said.

In the fight against the narcotics trade, the President also called on the policemen to perform their duty within the ambit of the law. But in case they get into trouble for performing their work, Duterte said he was ready to take “full legal responsibility” for their action.

‘”Pag may mangyari sabihin mo sa akin ang totoo. And if I think that I will help you because it was done in the performance of duty or duty connected, wala talaga ‘yung problema sa akin [If something happens, just tell me the truth and if I think that I will help because it was done in the performance of duty or duty connected, there’s no problem with me],” he said.

“Just work, just follow the law. And if along the way you committed excesses or ‘yung disgrasya, tutulong talaga ako. So hindi ko sila hinahayaan [I will help you. I will not abandon you],” he said.

To the drug offenders, Duterte said he was not kidding when he threatened to finish them off regardless of criticisms from rights groups.

“You know I’m a joker but sa lugar. Hindi naman talaga lahat ng panahon puro na lang tawa [You know I’m a joker but at a proper place. We don’t laugh all the time]. Told everybody dito: ‘I will kill you if you destroy my country, period.’ I don’t give a s*** about human rights,” he added.

“Do not destroy my city. I’m going to build a comfortable city. I will return to you your streets, your alleys. I will return to you the parks and you can go out every night,” he said.

 
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