“They can do their worst.” That’s how President Rodrigo Duterte has shrugged off threats of being sued before the International Criminal Court (ICC), or impeached as a result of his bloody war against drugs.
“I will not be intimidated by the ICC [and] impeachment,” he told reporters before flying for a three-day visit to Burma [Myanmar] and Thailand. He said he “welcomed both developments.” “I can do better in my performance as a worker in government, period. This is a democracy,” he said. Duterte said if it was his time to go, nobody could prevent it. “If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go.”
In the meantime, he said he was focused on fulfilling his campaign promise to eliminate corruption, drugs and criminality. “Even if it would cost me my life, my honor and the presidency. I can lose them all but I will comply with my promise,” he said.—Agencies