During his term Duterte will be lucky enough to appoint twelve new SC justices by reason of the retirement of most of the incumbents.
He will completely consolidate his control over the entire Judiciary (which is supposed to be an independent branch of government in constitutional theory).
But Duterte is not happy with merely appointing twelve new justices.
He wants his own Chief Justice appointed by him and under his own control.
Duterte's coalition mercenaries in the pork barrel-fed and dynasties-infested Lower House will help him attain his dream.
The House will soon impeach Chief Justice Sereno, an Aquino appointee.
Will Sereno fight it out to the very end of the Senate impeachment trial, like the late Arroyo-appointed Chief Justice Corona?
We will see.
If we follow the ultimate political plan of the Duterte camp, next year the two houses in Congress would be preoccupied impeaching the Chief Justice, the Comelec chairman, the Ombudsman, the Vice President.... and all chairs and members of the independent constitutional commissions who refuse to be subjugated by the Duterte regime.
Note that the regime is now planning to kick out the chair of the Commission on Human Rights (a constitutionally created body) from his post.
In the end, Duterte, like his deity Marcos, will rule the nation as a "lifetime constitutional monarch".
When that day comes, you can be sure the nation will end up like a banana republic drowning in poverty, corruption, brutality and hopelessness.
Look at Venezuela now -- and how its people are revolting against their government (and how they are migrating away from their country).
That is the governance pattern Duterte is following.
Filipinos, better invoke God's mercy to save your nation from total collapse.