uomo cerca donna Varese President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday responded to a columnist warning the president of “people power,” saying he could not care less if he were removed from office.
donna cerca donna Bologna “Ako naman ho, I read it from an overseas-based opinion writer about me getting ousted by a people power. Be my guest. I don’t give a shit,” the President said in a speech in Davao City on Friday.
Duterte did not name the columnist, but it was in apparent reference to Amando Doronila, who published a column on Friday’s Philippine Daily Inquirer titled: “Duterte warned of people power.”
The phrase “people power” is identified with the 1986 EDSA Revolution that deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
In his column, Doronila quoted United States Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel: “I think it would be a serious mistake in a democratic country like the Philippines to underestimate the power of the public’s affinity for the US. That’s people power.”
Duterte has repeatedly said he was willing to “risk the presidency” to achieve the reforms he was eyeing for the country. He has also lashed out against the United States over criticisms of his administration’s drug campaign with its rising death toll.
“Basta ako magtrabaho. If I am there for one year only, so be it. It’s already written in my destiny that na ma-president ka one year. If I am ousted, then it’s written in the winds that I am there and I will be ousted. And if I die, with no reason that it is really a part of your territory of your life in this world. So it does not really bother me at all,” Duterte said.