“I will not be president and sit for six years and at the end of my term, tell you that I tried my best, but failed. No,” Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte told overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong as quoted by media. “If I run and win, I cannot afford to fail my people. So if it is His will for me to run, then God help me.”
However, Duterte said he still trying to know the pulse of the people and determining whether he is really ready for the greater responsibilities. But he said should he run for President and win in 2016, there will be no room for him to fail.
“Do not ever rely on surveys. What we should look for is one who can solve our country’s problems, particularly illegal drugs and rampant criminality,” he said.
Duterte is an advocate of federalism.
Meanwhile a New York-based human rights group urged the Philippine government to investigate Duterte’s possible role on extrajudicial killings in Davao. “Duterte’s public support for the extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals should prompt a long overdue investigation into Duterte’s possible role in those deaths,” Human Rights Watch said.
“US-based human rights wants me investigated? Bullshit! You are all hypocrites! You cannot even protect the human rights in your own country the American-Africans and other minorities, not to mention your inutility in dealing with the genocide going on in Africa and other countries,” Duterte said in response.