Duterte mulls stepping down

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2018 06:41 PM | Updated as of Aug 14 2018 10:57 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he is thinking of stepping down, with four years more left in his term.

Duterte said he told the police and military that he was considering stepping down because he was already tired.

“I told the soldiers and policemen, ‘Guys, I want you to know that I’m thinking of stepping down because I’m tired, well I’m not angry against anybody,’” Duterte said in a speech before business leaders in Malacañang.

Duterte cited continuing corruption in government despite his campaign against it.

“My chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”

This is not the first time that Duterte declared his desire to step down ahead of the end of his 6-year term.

He has previously said that the police and military are free to seize power from him if they deem him no longer capable of leading the nation.

The President had also said he would step down if he succeeds in shepherding the country towards federalism.