Duterte says no to year 1 assessment, calls presidency a 'roller coaster ride'


Posted at Jun 28 2017 09:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, June 27. Toto Lozano, Malacanang Photo

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday begged off from making a personal assessment of his first year in office, saying he would only do so after his term.

"I do not make any assessment. I only make [an] assessment after my term," Duterte told reporters in an interview in Pampanga, where he attended turnover rites of military assistance from China.

The President, who marks his first year in office on Friday, June 30, compared his experience as chief executive to a roller coaster ride. He said he would only assess his performance at the end of his six-year term.

"It’s a roller coaster [ride] actually. It should be at the end of the ride, if I get to live then, I’d tell you. If I don’t exist anymore by that time, then you make your own assessment. Just be fair," said Duterte, whose recent absence from public eye had sparked speculation about his health.

The 72-year-old chief executive is the first Mindanaoan and the oldest to become President after winning the May 2016 polls by a wide margin, despite his late entry into the race.

Since assuming office, Duterte has made international headlines with his fiery rhetoric and controversial anti-narcotics campaign. 

The president has also waged a fierce anti-corruption drive, firing several officials accused of wrongdoing.

As he marked his first year, Duterte is facing perhaps his biggest test as commander-in-chief, as his administration pursued efforts to quell Islamic State-linked terrorists who have laid siege on Marawi City. 

Duterte declared martial law over Mindanao on May 23 when clashes between government troops and terror groups erupted in the once bustling city. 

On Tuesday, he vowed to ensure that the city, the capital of Lanao del Sur, will rise again.