Change coming: Duterte vows to be 'presidential'

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2016 02:12 AM | Updated as of Jun 03 2016 02:43 AM

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'There's going to be a metamorphosis,' says outgoing Davao mayor

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he is enjoying his time as a rude person while he still can.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Duterte said he will change his behavior once he formally takes his oath as the 16th president of the Philippines on June 30.

"I am not the president [yet]. Mamaya na, maghintay kayo. I'm really a rude person. I'm enjoying my time as a rude person. I am not the president. If I die tomorrow, what are they talking about?" he said.

"But when I become a president, when I take my oath of office, if you want, I will conduct [myself] more in keeping with the dignity of the office, ibang istorya 'yan. But I'm not [yet] the president," Duterte added.

According to Duterte, he will undergo a "metamorphosis."

"It will be a metamorphosis. Ladies and gentlemen of the media who are here, you know, when I get to be president, I have to tone down on my cursing. That would be a past, it's going to be history. I have to concentrate more on what happens to this country and to develop it and to make it progress along the way. And there's a lot of things which I have to do to complete," he said.

"And when I come back, I would address you in a very polite manner," Duterte added.

"I'm telling you how I'm going to behave. I said there's gonna be a metamorphosis in the mind. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly," Duterte added.

READ: Change coming: From nocturnal mayor to diurnal president

Duterte's aide, Christopher Go, told ABS-CBN News last week that the mayor will no longer be nocturnal when he becomes president.

"He told me he will adjust... He has to start early and finish work until matapos lahat. Kapag presidente na siya, once he assumes office, 'di na siguro [pwede ang magpuyat]," Go said. "Working hours na iyan but pwede yang mag-extend hanggang gabi kung kakailanganin. Hindi uuwi yan hangga't hindi matapos."

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