PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said that God will make sure that he finishes his six-year term despite criticism against him over extrajudicial killings and coup threats.
The President told his audience in his speech before local folk in Batanes whom he visited yesterday that he was predestined to become president.
“Yan sa destiny ko, ‘yan lang ang binigay ng Diyos sa akin…Paabutin ako six years, ah patay kayong lahat,” the President said, stressing his resolve to finish his war on drugs until the last addict and pusher is put away.
“Ngayon itong law and order, sabihin ko sa inyo sabi ko walang corruption, walang droga, walang kriminalidad. I will not stop, masiguro ninyo, itaga ninyo kung saan ninyo itaga ‘yan. I will not stop until the last pusher, until the last drug lord is taken away,” the President said.
He said that his victory in the presidency still baffles him even as he remains unfazed by impeachment threats against him.
“….asi hindi naman talaga ako, hindi ko sinense bakit ako nanalo. Without the money and effective machinery. And I would say, Panginoong Diyos ‘yan. God gave it to me, alam ninyo ‘yan. Pati kayo nagtaka bakit ako nanalong Pangulo and with the largest margin ever, of six million ang lamang.Why? It was in the messaging. Why? Because I tend to believe now, that it was God who gave it to me. And sabi nila, “ay ‘yan mawala ‘yan i-impeach.’ Ako taya ako honor, buhay, pati ang pagka-Presidente ko. Huwag ninyo akong takutin ‘yang mga taga-Manila na mag-rally kayo next year paalisin niyo ‘yan. Kasi pag napaalis ako, that is part of my destiny.
He reiterated that the presidency is his destiny.
“Kasali ‘yan sa destiny ko na kung ma-Presidente ako ng dalawang buwan lang, dalawang taon, that is part of what destiny, what God gave me. Hanggang diyan ka lang, tapos. So hayaan kong takutin ‘yan mga mag-kudeta, magkudeta paalisin tapos people power….
“Kasali na ‘yan, nakasulat na ‘yan. Eh paano ako nanalo pagka-Presidente? Sagutin mo muna ‘yan. Kung hindi mo masagot, eh ayan. Paano ako maging Presidente dalawang taon lang? Kasali na ‘yan,” the President said.
Earlier, the President lamented the huge amounts of funds wasted on drugs which should have been invested in food, education and other basic services.
“I will give you a simple computation. At P200 per hit for one day, that is P6,000 a month per person times the 12, that is 18 billion a month. Times 12, that is P216 billion a month.
“Pupunta sana sa pagkain, enrolment ng mga bata, baon ng mga bata, at kung ang tatay ang tinatamaan, it becomes a dysfunctional family. Wala nang pagkain, sabog ang pamilya and ultimately, minsan maghiwalay,” the President said.