Duterte vows to resign if 'perfect' federal system set up by 2020

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Posted at Feb 10 2018 04:24 AM | Updated as of Feb 10 2018 03:23 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he will step down if the country has shifted into a successful federal government by 2020.

"Mag-resign na lang ako. Sabihan nila ako diktador anak ng... If they can perfect that federal set-up in 2020 I will step down," Duterte said during a speech at the Manila Times' 7th Business Forum in Davao City.

Duterte also denied favoring the military so he could be a dictator. 

"'Bakit mahilig ka sa military? Maybe you want to ingratiate yourself?' Why should I? When there was war, I was with them. During the height of Marawi siege, I landed on the main battle area and and I took off at 8 at night dalawang beses," he said.

"Bakit ako magpalakas sa military? Dictator?" he said."Nobody but nobody should be a dictator in this country because the military will not allow it. It is not allowed under the Constitution. If I die, see to it that the rule of succession in the Constitution will be followed."

The President also took a swipe at ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who announced on Thursday that she will open a preliminary examination into the crimes committed by the government in its anti-drug campaign.

"This girl, this prosecutor ako pa ang inuna. Sabi ko file the case kasi I want to cross-examine you. Ako mismo because the treaty forms part of the laws of the land. Certainly, a treaty cannot be more powerful than a Constitution," he said.

"I respect you as a woman but as a lawyer... do not go in into that kind of adventure, it’s a messy one. I don’t even rate myself as good, ano lang, fair. You will get your comeuppance."

Duterte earlier said he is ready to face trial. 

He also slammed Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who filed a supplemental complaint against him before the ICC.

"Trillanes nagsasayaw-sayaw. Mga walang alam eh. Yan ang mahirap, hungry for power, attention. He’s one guy na nagmutiny p******* sikat pa ngayon. If you argue with stupid people, there’s no cure for stupidity. So the best way hayaan mo na yan," he said.