MANILA - Senator Christopher "Bong" Go said he will not be supporting any impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, Go said critics have the right to file impeachment complaints against the president.
"Karapatan po nilang mag-file ng impeachment, kahit sinong Pilipino naman po karapatan 'yun kung sa tingin niyo mayroong nilabag," Go told reporters in an ambush interview as he attended a celebration at the Quirino Grandstand Sunday.
(It is their right to file an impeachment case, any Filipino has that right if they think the president violated any law.)
Go, however, believes Duterte is only doing what is best for the country.
"Subalit alam niyo, nag-iisip po 'yang ating pangulo. Isa po yang abogado, at alam ko po ang ginagawa ni Pangulong Duterte ay kapakanan ng lahat bilang ama," he said.
(But you know, our president thinks. He is a lawyer, and as far as I know, what President Duterte does is for the sake of everyone as the father of this country.)
Go also said any impeachment bid would fail for now.
"At sa tingin ko, hindi po uubra 'yung impeachment sa ngayon, at ako, ibilang niyo lang po na isa po ako sa hindi papayag," he said.
(I think impeachment will not work for now, and count me as one of those who will disagree.)
Duterte earlier said he will send his critics to jail should they file an impeachment case against him.
"I-impeach ako? Kulungin ko silang lahat. Subukan niyo. Try to take it, do it, and I will do it," Duterte said Thursday.
Fresh talks of impeachment surfaced because of Duterte's statements regarding Chinese fishermen exploiting marine resources in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Duterte last week was asked if the Philippines should bar China from fishing in the country's EEZ. The President replied that Beijing and Manila are "friends" and that there should not be any "bloody conclusion."
His spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, later said the government would "tolerate" China's fishing in the EEZ, where Manila has exclusive rights to resources, based on a 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.