The controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has said that if he is ever impeached or penalised for his actions as Chief Executive, and should he have the luxury of choice, he would choose the jail in Monaco to serve his time.
“As long as I have the right to select where I should be detained, I should rot (there) for all time … in Monaco with a view of the beach and a telescope in hand,” the 71-year-old President said.
While Duterte’s ambitions may be difficult to realise, he is currently facing an impeachment motion brought by Representative Gary Alejano, a former marine, alleging culpable violation of the Philippines Constitution by engaging in bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, as well as other high crimes. He has also been accused of ordering the extra-judicial killings of known drug dealers.
Fortunately for the President, the House of Representatives, which will decide on the impeachment complaint, is controlled by President Duterte’s allies.