“I await the day of turnover. Matikman ko rin ‘yung feeling ng outgoing president. I will be the one to meet the new president, then I will invite him here for a tete-a-tete,” Duterte added.
Duterte said he hopes to be done moving out of his office in Malacañang by March or April.
“Nag-iimpake na po ako. I have a little over 3 months, so I should be out by March, hindi ko na paabutin ng Abril. Hindi na rin ako matutulog dito. Kung saan dalhin ng Panginoong Diyos, magpraktis na ako ng tulog doon,” he said.
Once he is done moving out, Duterte will go to the Palace every day to just fulfill his duties as president for the remainder of his term.
“Magpunta na lang ako dito for a day-to-day trabaho (I’ll go here for day-to-day work) and what’s left of the things that we have to work on. Iyon ang (That’s all)… At (And) I will make a speech one of these days thanking the people for the distinct honor of giving me the position as President,” he added.
He said he wanted his next residence to be “affordable” because he could not afford an expensive house.
“Nagplano kami na ano magbili na lang ng — ‘yung mumurahin na… O hindi ko kaya kung maganda. Pag-alis ko dito, wala akong matirahan. Wala akong mga (We are already planning to buy an affordable house. I can’t afford the nicer ones. When I leave here, I won’t have a place to stay. I don’t have cousins because all of them are in America so wala akong bahay dito (I don’t have a house here),” he said.
Duterte said he does not need a big house because his children are all grown up and even have their own political careers now.
“I don’t know where, kung saan ako dalhin ng Diyos (where God would take me). But I trust that he would not let me down,” he said.
Duterte and his family’s official residence is in Davao City.
Duterte said he also looking forward to meeting his successor and inviting him or her for a tête-à-tête.
“I wait the day of turnover, matikman ko rin ‘yung feeling ng (I would experience the feeling of being) outgoing President. I will be the one to meet the new president. Then I will invite him here for a tête-à-tête,” he said.
In December 2021, Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said Duterte is going to enjoy the privileges of being a private citizen and spend more time with his family when his term ends in June.
He said Duterte’s decision to back out from the senatorial race will allow him to prioritize the country’s Covid-19 response and ensure peaceful, transparent, and fair national and local elections.
Duterte earlier filed his candidacy as a substitute senator under the PDDS party or Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, but eventually withdrew his senatorial bid. (Claire Morales True)