President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with Commerce and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez during the 54th Cabinet meeting at Malacañan Palace on May 30, 2022. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is counting the days until he can step out of the public eye and become a private citizen again.
“He looks forward to his retirement in Davao City,” acting presidential spokesman and Secretary of the Presidential Office of Communications Operations Martin Andanar said on Tuesday.
Andanar shared how ‘optimistic’ the Chief Executive was during the final Cabinet meeting last Monday evening and how he mentioned he was looking forward to ‘spending time with his family and grandchildren’ .
Meanwhile, Acting Cabinet Secretary Melvin Matibag said the President expressed satisfaction with the performance of his chosen officials throughout the six years under his leadership.
“During the Cabinet meeting, I heard him repeatedly say, ‘Hindi ako nagkamali sa mga pinili ko na miyembro ng Gabinete na ginawa talaga ‘yung trabaho (I was not wrong in choosing the Cabinet members who really fulfilled their duties), ”said Matibag.
He said Duterte would meet with his cabinet if there were pressing matters to discuss.
In the past, the president has repeatedly said he was “tired” and looking forward to being with his family.
But he claimed that even as a civilian he would continue to watch, especially when it came to the campaign against illegal drugs, and vowed to be “forever an enemy” of the drug syndicates.
The president has pledged to provide free legal representation to men in uniform if they come across any cases, as long as the cases are related to the performance of their duties.
Duterte’s administration is in its final 30 days, with the president due to hand over the reins to his successor, President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., on June 30.