President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday played down an impeachment complaint filed against him at the House of Representatives, saying that he does not care if he is ousted.
“Then it would be part of my destiny,” Duterte told an audience of lawyers at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines' (IBP) 16th National Convention for Lawyers.
“I do not give a sh*t if I stay here for only one year of if barilin ako or if I’m ousted… Yung takutin ako: impeachment, coup d etat, beterano ako," he said.
(I do not give a sh*t if I'm ousted, if I stay here for only one year, if I am shot or ousted... Scare me with impeachment, coup d'etat, I'm a veteran.)
Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano has filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte for alleged high crimes, betrayal of public trust, and abuse of power.
The president called out Alejano and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s group for allegedly pretending to be nationalists, when they could not see through their causes as soldiers.
Trillanes, one of the most vocal critics of Duterte's war on drugs, is supporting two self-confessed hitmen, Edgar Matobato and Arturo Lascañas, who said they took orders from Duterte.
Duterte has repeatedly denied involvement in the so-called death squad.
“Ito na mga Pilipino na ‘nationalist,' pumunta ng Peninsula, ninakaw magagandang linen, lahat, pati piano kinarga. Ni-ransack lahat. Pagdating ng mga pulis, sumurrender. Tapos ngayon sila yung akala mo,‘crusader,’” Duterte said.
(These supposed "nationalists" stormed the Peninsula, stole the linen, the piano. They ransacked everything. When the police came, they surrendered. Now, they act like crusaders.)
Duterte was apparently referring the 2007 siege on the Manila Peninsula hotel by rebel soldiers led by Trillanes and Alejano.
“Prangka tayo, they want me ousted. Who’s behind it? Itong si Trillanes, him and his elf, itong si De Lima, gusto na niya akong paalisin. Pangatlo, si Leni (Vice-President Robredo), bakit pa siya maghintay [to be president] eh nandyan na opportunity,” he said.
(Let's be frank. They want me ousted. Who's behind it? Trillanes, him and his elf, De Lima. He wants me out. Third, Leni. Why would she wait to be president when the opportunity is there?)