Just do it! Find out the multiple times Duterte declared he’d quit
Not once. Not twice. But more than a dozen times.
“I will resign…” President Duterte said, not once but on several occasions, during the campaign period and until May, his 23rd month in office.
Here are some of the President’s “I will resign” pronouncements. We may not have covered everything, so feel free to add resign statements you think we have missed:
Ø “If there’s one congresswoman or congressman or a single justice who will say I talked to them, I can guarantee you, I will resign.” — on reports he had a hand in ouster of Chief Justice Sereno, May 15, 2018
Ø “Because I promised you that I will double your salary, I told them, ‘Prioritize my promise because if this will not pass I will resign…” — on doubling the soldier’s pay, Dec. 20, 2017.
Ø “Then when it is done, this year – or I will resign at the end of the year, it would be fitting.” — on a drafting of a new constitution, Nov. 29, 2017
Ø “If my bank account and riches would exceed 40 million — and that is my lifetime savings and my hereditary property — I will resign. I give you that word of honor, guarantee.”– Oct. 5, 2017
Ø “If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally, or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as President immediately.” — Sept. 27, 2017
Ø “Give me an accounting and I will resign.” — on allegation that Paolo Duterte’s former wife was into smuggling, Sept. 11, 2017
Ø “This is a nationwide broadcast so I might as well tell you. I am not defending my son. Prove it, it is true, and I will resign.”– Aug. 22, 2017
Ø “Sabi ko, just give me an affidavit and I will step down as President of this Republic. And that is my commitment to you now. That is my word.” — on reports of Paolo Duterte’s involvement in drug smuggling, Aug. 12, 2017
Ø “If I can’t defeat drugs, terrorism, you will have my resignation. Believe me, I’ll tell you, Pero give me a chance to kill them one at a time. It’s not easy commit murder ha.” — Aug.10, 2017
Ø “ I told you before and I’m telling you now again, if any of my children is involved in corruption, I will immediately resign. That, you have my word.” — Aug. 9, 2017
“As President, if I cannot confront them, I will resign.” — on terrorism and other threats, May 24, 2017
Ø This I can say, if Trillanes can prove his allegations that I have amassed P2 million illegally, or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as president immediately.” — Feb. 16, 2017
Ø “Let’s resign tomorrow, all together, OK? Resign. I will do it first. I will deliver my letter of resignation, you wait.”- to Catholic bishops who criticised the drug war, Jan. 25, 2017
Ø “I give you my word, if the framework is already there, I will resign to give way to the new president.” — on a new constitution, Oct. 29, 2016
Ø “If you say that I’m lying and I don’t have the right to curse, I will resign. There’s no problem with that.” — reacting to the bishops statement on EJK, Jan. 27, 2017.
Ø “If there were killings, I will resign tonight. I’ll give you my resignation.” — on extra-judicial killings, Sept. 2016
Ø “Two years, if you have the federal setup, I will resign as President. Three years, sibat ako.” — August 24, 2016 (FBZ)