MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he would step down if soldiers told him directly rather than stage a mutiny.
Duterte said there was no need for a coup d'etat as he is willing to resign.
"Kahit idoble mo ang sweldo eh. Magpapalakas ako? For what? Takot ako na i-coup d’etat ako ng police pati military? If you want me out, tell me," he said.
"Sabi ko, kung mag-tindig kayo sa Army, Navy, Air Force, pati si Albayalde, if you stand up together now, I am resigning. Huwag na kayong mag-coup d'etat-coup d'etat. Sayangin lang ninyo yung pagod ninyo. Ayaw ninyo ako? Sabihin ninyo bababa ako."
Duterte said he does not want to see government troops fighting each other.
"Kung ayaw ninyo, magbaba ako. Bakit kayo magbarilan? Hindi ako papayag na 'yung PSG magbarilan, kalokohan," he said.
"Ayaw ninyo ako? Okay. Uwi na ako. Sige… 'Yung babae na ang presidente niyo. Kung mahusay siya eh di wala akong ano… Tatakutin ako ng coup d'etat. Ah kalokohan 'yan," he added, referring to Vice President Leni Robredo.
Duterte made the remarks at the thanksgiving party of Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go in Davao City, a week after the midterm election which gave him more allies at the Senate.
The President has repeatedly been saying that the military is free to oust him if they are no longer satisfied with his leadership.
Duterte earlier dared the military to go to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV if they ever lose confidence in him as a leader.