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Duterte: I am politically dead after this term

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Obviously affected by the barrage of criticisms against his anti-drug campaign and expletive language that got the ire of the United States and the European Union, President Duterte knows that he will be too old and his political career would be dead once he ends his term in 2020.

“I am on the sunset of my life. I am politically dead after this term,” Duterte said during his speech at the Sulong Pilipinas Local Governance Series: LGU Consultations on Peace and Order, and Social Development with local officials from Luzon in Makati City.

“Perhaps, in the fullness of God’s time, die early so I can rest,” the President said.

Duterte said he is “not a wartime” president who would seek peace in the land. He lamented that war would only suck the Filipino spirit if the wars in Southern Philippines continue. Duterte then discussed anew his efforts ton establish peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The administration has also boost talks with the left-leaning Communist Party of the Philippines.