Duterte on retirement: I made the right decision

Published October 4, 2021, 11:09 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte believes that he made the right decision to retire from politics after his term ends despite getting an “excellent” satisfaction score from the latest survey.


Duterte made the statement after a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll found that the Chief Executive earned a net satisfaction rating of +62 in June 2021, a 17-point decline from the +79 he got in November last year.

In his pre-recorded public address on Monday evening, October 4, the President said that while the figures were still good, he believes it is now time for him to go.

“Thank you for the figures. It’s still good but I think it’s time. There’s always a time for everything,” he said.

“Even if you get a 64 rating, may panahon-panahon ang buhay. So sa palagay ko, tama yung ginawa ko (There’s a time for everything. So I think I did the right thing),” he added.

On Saturday, the President said he decided to withdraw his vice presidential bid and retire from politics following the will of the people.

Duterte on Monday hoped that the country’s new leader can continue what he started.

“It is time to give way to a new set of leaders who hopefully continue the reforms, projects, and programs that this administration has pursued for the past few years,” he said.

“It is my hope that the new set of leaders will pursue a platform of government that will build on our gains in the areas of fighting illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, terrorism, and insurgency,” he added.

He likewise hoped that his successor will continue his infrastructure programs and other initiatives his administration has undertaken.