‘Mind your work, I’ll mind mine’ — Duterte told Congress, CHR

  • President Rodrigo Duterte posted a challenge to Congress and CHR to mind their own business and he will mind his
  • In his inaugural address he urged various government institutions not to get in the way of effective governance
  • He said that as a lawyer he knows the limits of his power and authority as the President

In his inaugural address President Rodrigo Duterte urged various government institutions not to get in the way of effective governance; specifically stressing that the government must prioritize the needs of the people.

“I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and the others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained,” the new president was quoted saying in an article published by GMA News Online.

In his inaugural speech, Pres. Duterte vowed to perform his best so that the trust given to him by more than 16 million who voted for him in the last elections will not be wasted. Likewise, he assured critics that he knew the limits of the Chief Executive’s powers.

As such, Duterte said that as a lawyer and a former prosecutor, he knows the limits of the power and authority of his new task as the President of the republic; further disclosing that he knows what’s legal and what is not.

“My adherence to the due process and the rule of law is uncompromising. You mind your work and I will mind mine,” he said.

He then acknowledged the fact that some people do not agree on his plans against criminals especially over the planned reimposition of the death penalty.

Expressing his desire to give justice to the victims of various crimes, he vowed to institute fairness for those who were wrongly accused.

In the end, he appealed to everyone to look at his plans from a positive perspective and not to judge him early.