Duterte says 'no regrets' in presidency


Posted at Sep 11 2018 06:36 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2018 01:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks upon arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on September 8, 2018. Ace Morandante, Malacañang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he has no regrets in his presidency more than two years into his term.

Asked by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on whether or not he has any regrets as president, Duterte responded: "Wala (None). Congress has, well not all, but appropriately extended their help. Mayroon silang mga views na nirerespeto ko (They have their views that I respect)."

He commands majority support in Congress. 

Last month, the President said he was thinking of stepping down because he was tired, exasperated at still prevalent corruption in government despite his campaign. 

Duterte made history in May 2016 as the first Mindanaoan and first city mayor to be elected president, swept to power by popular support. 

He scored a decisive victory in the 2016 national polls under the PDP-Laban party, winning the hearts of Filipinos with his promise to rid the country of illegal drugs and to curb corruption in government.

The 73-year-old leader added that with more than three years left in his six-year term, he simply plans to finish the projects he has started.

"Three years left is too short. Ang gusto ko ngayon kung 'yan na lang natitira, 'yung naumpisahan 'yun na lang tatapusin ko and, of course, itong discourse sa drugs,"

(What I want now if that is really all that is left is to finish what I have started and, of course, the discourse on drugs.)

"I promised the people na tatapusin ko ito (I will finish the drug problem)," he added.

Duterte has drawn criticism from rights groups and foreign governments over alleged summary executions and abuses under his drug war. 

His administration has rejected this, saying government was not behind extrajudicial killings and that those slain in police operations had put up violent resistance

The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that Duterte continues to enjoy a "very good" net trust rating despite an 8-point drop to a +57 net rating from his +65 net rating in March this year.

Malacañang had earlier said Duterte was not after extending his term even as he pushed for the country's shift to a federal form of government.