PRESIDENT DUTERTE MULLS STEPPING DOWN: ‘IM TIRED’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hinted that he is contemplating stepping down, despite having four more years in his term. While giving a speech at Malacanang Palace on Tuesday, the president said he was tired of rooting out corrupt government officials, Newsweek reports. In February, Duterte tried to dispel concerns he would cling to power and become a dictator by saying that he wanted to achieve his goal of introducing federalism so he could finish his term early. A federal form of government, if enacted, will likely prove a bane rather than a boon for the country. Federalism may end up only reinforcing socio-economic and ethno-political fault lines in an already divided archipelagic nation, writes Richard Heydarian for Forbes.