MANILA (UPDATE) —President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to leave his post and turn over his responsibilities to his successor.
"Nag-iimpake na nga ako eh. 'Yung iba ipinadala ko na, 'yung madala sa barko, binarko ko. You know the small things, 'yung mga tokens, 'yung mga bronze, 'yun ang inuna ko, 'yung mga mabigat," Duterte said in a taped public briefing aired late Monday.
(I am packing up. I have already shipped some items home, those that can be shipped. You know, the small things, tokens, bronze figures, I sent them ahead, the heavy ones.)
He also said he is ready to leave Malacañang and welcome the new president.
"I await the day of turnover. Matikman ko rin 'yung feeling ng outgoing president. I will be the one to meet the new president, then I will invite him here for a tete-a-tete," Duterte added.
Duterte said he hopes to be done moving out of his office in Malacañang by March or April.
"Nag-iimpake na po ako. I have a little over 3 months, so I should be out by March, hindi ko na paabutin ng Abril. Hindi na rin ako matutulog dito. Kung saan dalhin ng Panginoong Diyos, magpraktis na ako ng tulog doon," he said.
(I am packing up. I have a little over 3 months. So I should be out by March, I won't let it reach until April. I will not spend the night here, I will get used to sleeping wherever God puts me.)
Once he is done moving out, Duterte will go to the Palace every day to just fulfill his duties as president for the remainder of his term.
"Magpunta na lang ako dito for day-to-day trabaho, what's left of the things we have to work on," Duterte said.
(I will just come here for my day-to-day job, what's left of the things we have to work on.)
Duterte, 76, earlier filed his candidacy as a substitute senator under the PDDS party or Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, but eventually withdrew his senatorial bid.
Philippine presidents are only good for one term.