Before leaving for Myanmar for an official visit on Sunday, March 19, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte faced the media and left very strong statements. The president addressed the issues regarding the brewing impeachment complainant against him, and the possibility of being sued before the International Criminal Court of the United Nations.
He stated that he will not be intimidated by the ICC, or by impeachment charges. Unperturbed and vocal about the sentiments regarding his rule as president, Duterte even stated that he welcomed both developments. He also challenged his detractors to do their worst, as he can “do better in his performance as a worker in the government.”
The president was firm in his stance that he is focusing on fulfilling his promise of eradicating corruption, drugs and criminality in the Philippines. He was also adamant when he said that if it is part of his destiny to go, then no one could stop it.
Calm and unyielding, the president stated that he will deliver whatever he previously promised even if it cost him his life, his honor and the presidency.
President Rodrigo Duterte will be in Myanmar until March 20, 2017, to represent the Philippines and for the purpose of bolstering trade relations and investments between the two countries.
Alex Chua, Philippine’s Ambassador to Myanmar, previously shared that the Philippines is looking forward to signing an agreement with Myanmar highlighting food security during President Duterte’s visit to the foreign country.
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet several prominent leaders of Myanmar including Myanmar President U Htin, its State Councilor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and its Commander-in-Chief Sr. Gen. Ming Aung Hlaing Kyaw.
The president is also scheduled to meet Filipinos residing in Myanmar this Sunday, at 7:00 PM.
From Myanmar, President Duterte’s next destination will be Thailand for another official visit. He will be in Thailand until March 22, 2017.