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Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte has called on Filipinos to support the incoming administration of President-elect and dictator’s son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., and just accept the results of the May 9 elections.
In a “parting message” aired on Monday (June 6), Duterte advised Filipinos to rally behind Marcos Jr, who he earlier called a weak leader, and other newly-elected officials.
"'Yung payo ko sa lahat (My advice to everyone), and I hope everybody would come to terms with the reality that we have a new government, and I urge my, kayo (you), Filipino, to rally behind and support the new leaders," Duterte said in a taped public briefing, which he said could be his last.
“Me, wala na ako (I am leaving), I will say nothing. Ang ayaw ko, baka may maiwan pa yung namumulitika pa rin or just plain criticize itong bagong administrasyon (What I don’t want is, someone will still be politicking or just plain criticize the new administration). You do not do that,” he added.
The outgoing president, who has also been called a dictator through his “drug war” which killed thousands of Filipinos, noted that he wants the administration of the dictator’s son to be successful.
"We want the next administration successful. We must all be united in confronting the issues ahead of us. We have no room for politicking or actions that are divisive to the country," Duterte said.
Duterte, throughout his term, has attacked critics of his administration, the media, and groups with legitimate concerns especially during the health crisis. He also said that he never listened to his critics, who are also his constituents as chief executive of the country, saying that they were never satisfied with his actions.
Duterte urged everyone to support Marcos Jr. and respect the choice of the majority.
Marcos Jr and Duterte's daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, will formally assume office on June 30, and will stay in power until 2028.
Acting Palace spokesperson Martin Andanar earlier said the Palace has yet to finalize the meeting date of Duterte and Marcos Jr. on transition-related matters.
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