Duterte on impeachment: They can do their worst

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - An impeachment complaint against President Duterte is now pending before the House of Representatives.

While his allies were quick to defend him, it seems the president couldn't care less about it. 

"They can do their worst. I can do better in my performance as a worker on government. This is a democracy," President Duterte said during a press conference at the Davao International Airport before he left for his official visits to Myanmar and Thailand. 

On March 16, Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against President Duterte over various charges, including betrayal of public trust, bribery, and graft. 

Duterte faces impeachment complaint over alleged killings, corruption

Among the allegations in the complaint is the president's policy on drugs, which Alejano said has resulted in the extrajudicial killing of more than eight thousand suspected drug criminals.

Meantime, the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato said he will file a case against Duterte before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over the alleged summary killings. 

Still, President Duterte stands by his war on drugs. He says no impeachment complaint, or a case before an international court for that matter, will stop him from fulfilling his promise to rid the country of drugs, criminality, and corruption. 

"I will deliver on my promises, listen to me, even if it would cost me my life, my honor, and the presidency," the president said. 

Robredo involvement

When asked if he thinks Vice President Leni Robredo had a hand in the impeachment complaint, President Duterte says he would not be surprised if she did.

At the same time, he said he would rather not speculate on her alleged involvement. 

"Hindi ako nakiki-alam sa buhay niya (Robredo), sana huwag niya pakialaman yung akin," Duterte said.

[Translation: I don't meddle with Robredo's affairs, I hope she won't meddle with mine.]

The president's allies, meantime, are more forthcoming in linking Robredo to the impeachment complaint. 

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is even considering filing an impeachment case against the vice president. 

EXCLUSIVE: Alvarez eyes impeachment rap vs. Robredo; OVP says it's 'baseless'

President Duterte, however, distanced himself from impeachment talks against Robredo, saying he would rather focus on his job.

"Never did anything, and I will not do anything about it. I never lifted a finger against anybody, tapos na ako dyan, I'm beyond politics," Duterte said.