President Rodrigo Duterte voiced regret over his decision to seek the presidency in the 2016 election which he earned by a landslide.
Duterte delivered the remark on Wednesday as he uttered his frustration with government corruption afresh.
Duterte stated in a speech before newly elected officials of Cagayan de Oro City, “I lost my enthusiasm to work. Actually, I deeply regretted it. I regretted my decision to run for president,”
“I never lost an election. So, since 1988, I was rising until I became President of this Republic. But if you ask me if I’m happy now, I won’t lie. Why would I? I do not have any obligation to you to lie, to tell a lie. I’m sick and tired of this,” he added.
Duterte again remembered that he had offered to resign from the presidency if key military and police officers agreed he should leave office.
The president also retold his opposition to his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who could possibly seek the presidency in 2022.
“That is why when people speculated Inday to run for president, I told her, ‘Don’t do it, ‘Day. You will not be able to control it. They will disrespect you, those sons of b******,” he stated.
Sara Duterte is seen as a possible successor to her father but she remained coy about her political plans. Last February, the mayor noted running for president is a decision that requires a lot of thought and that she might come up with one by January 2021.