October 23, 2017, 3:50 pm
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Duterte tells foes, no matter the color, to fight as one

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday said his critics and those seeking his ouster should just merge into one group so that he could deal with them all at the same time. 

The President, at the re-launching of the renovated press briefing room in Malacañan Palace, said he could not deal with all his critics because he has to attend to the country’s myriad problems.

He said these include the Reds, referring to the local communist rebels, and the Yellows, referring to the Liberal Party that uses yellow as its political color.

“I just want you to know that I would attend to criticisms about the Trillanes thing, the yellow, the Reds. I would be happy really if they would start to merge into one command. The Communists and the Liberals. And the others that want to oust me. Just merge into one group,” Duterte said in the vernacular.

“I think you share the same ideological whatever…We can focus on all of you. This is no threat. I said it is my mandated duty to keep this country safe and sound. And the only way I can do it is I have to build a strong army and police,” he said.

Duterte again warned that should anything happen to him, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States may be to blame.

“I will tell the Filipinos, if I die, that’s (the fault of) America. That’s CIA,” he said in Filipino.

Duterte said despite the threats, he remains focused on serving the country.

He said has no intention of staying in power beyond his term, adding that it was a “corny” and an “idiotic thing.”

 “There are challenges ahead, threats that could come our way after I shall have stepped down. If these will continue for another time, these will continue to bug our children and grandchildren,” he said.

 The President said the threats include terrorism and illegal drugs.
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