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Put me in cuffs, presidency feels like prison — Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte lamented anew about the downside of being the most powerful man in the country especially his loss of privacy.

“Ako, magtanong kayo and I will go. Am I happy being President? No, I am not. Do you regret? Yes to a certain extent. Kasi ang trabaho ko diyan, I am like a prisoner, actually. Lagyan mo na lang ako handcuff, pareho na, wala na. Wala kong freedom, you lose entirely your private life.” said Duterte in a speech at the grand alumni homecoming of San Beda Law School Saturday night at the Fort Shangri-La.

Duterte had previously grumbled about he wwas not able to mingle any more with the public which he used to do every day as mayor of Davao City for more than 20 years.

As president for the last five months, Duterte said he could not even move without a bodyguard close behind him for 24 hours just like a criminal suspect on his or her way to court.

“Nasa likod ko palagi yung pulis. Nasaan na ba si ano? Eh ganito, he’s from Tawi-Tawi ito. Saan ba si, ang aide ko? Ayan o, para kang dala-dalawa yang sumusunod na pulis eh, yung, mga nasa korte papunta pati ako,” said Duterte.

He said he could not even talk to his businessmen friends just like before because it wouldn’t look good.

“I cannot talk to anybody just like — lalo na yang mga negosyante, kayo na lang diyan. You go to (Transportation Secretary Arthur) Tugade, you go to — do not talk to me. Hindi na nagsara ako but better that yung mga negosyante, yung ganun, only if there’s a problem,” said Duterte.