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President Duterte is ready to retire from office even if he gains a similar bad reputation as Idi Amin, known as the “Butcher of Uganda.”
The President, however, argued that his “serious” anti-drug campaign only targets criminals, adding he has not killed and would not kill any innocents.
“Wala akong pakialam. Ang paradigm ko hindi dito sa Maynila – sa Mindanao. Patayan kaagad. O ‘yung mga nalaman ko.
Bakit ko papalitan? It is serving the country,” Duterte said in his remarks at the fellowship dinner with San Beda law schoolmates in Malacañang last Sunday night.
“Well, I know that it would put me siguro…I will retire with the reputation of Idi Amin, yun Uganda. Pero itong akin, kriminal. (Bakit) alam mo papatay ng inosenteng tao?” he added.
The tough talking Duterte said he does not expect the public to believe him all the time but vouched that he has not taken an innocent life. “God is there. I have never killed an innocent human being. Never. Ayoko talaga,” the former mayor of Davao City said.
Duterte also reaffirmed that he was also ready to be impeached or even die amid the administration’s efforts “to destroy the drug network” in the country. He said he would put at stake “the presidency and my honor and my life” in the anti-drug campaign. “At the end of the day, if I turn out to be masama, so be it. If I die, suddenly, so be it.
Impeach, so be it. Basta nakita ninyo ang trabaho ko at hindi ako aatras diyan,” he said.
He also said he could not stop and listen to the story of the so-called “bleeding hearts.” “I have a country to protect, each and everyone. I have to destroy the drug network in the Philippines,” he said. (GENALYN D. KABILING)