MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday night appealed to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) not to overturn the government during his term.
In his speech during the 72nd anniversary of the Philippine Air Force at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Duterte said staging a coup would not be necessary since he was willing to step down if he was asked to.
“I know that the Armed Forces and the Police will have to decide one day somehow. Do not do it please during my term,” Duterte said.
Stressing he wanted to avoid violence, Duterte said soldiers and policemen who no longer find him deserving to lead the country could simply talk to him over a cup of coffee.
“I told you before all you have to do kung ayaw ninyo ako (if you don’t like me), do not bring your weapons and mechanized armors there,” Duterte said.
“Just call me and we’ll have coffee and I am ready to say, ‘It’s yours for the taking,’” he added.
This is not the first time Duterte mentioned coups in his speeches.
In February this year, Duterte scolded military and police officers for joining coup attempts to return the power of the government to political rivals.
The President, in September 2018, has also described coup attempts as a "waste of time" since he was willing to step down if they were discontented with his leadership. (PNA)