President Rodrigo Duterte expects his power and influence to diminish as the end of his term nears.
In a speech in Valenzuela City Thursday (March 4), Duterte said he will be a lame duck President in the last six months of his term, which will end on June 30, 2022.
He made the remark as he invited guests at the inauguration of two school buildings in Valenzuela City to let him know what else they need while he’s in office.
“Good as any time to say that we have done our part. At kung mayroon pa akong maidagdag with the limited time that I have, it’s almost ineffective President, half a year na lang ako,” Duterte said.
“The other half would be the lame months, lame duck na ako. And that is natural. It happens. It will happen. Pero ngayon, kung anong madagdag ko, sabihin lang po ninyo,” the President added.
Duterte previously allayed fears he will push for term extension by saying he’s looking forward to stepping down in 2022.