Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally killed people, or he just boasted about it?
On Monday Duterte had declared that he personally killed criminals during his time as the mayor of his home city Davao, which reveals that there were some personal experiences behind.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte rode his successful campaign py promising to kill 100,000 criminals within his first six months in office and infamously announced that there would be many corpses in Manila Bay that the “fish will grow fat.”
On Monday he had declared that he personally killed criminals during his time as the mayor of Davao, which reveals that there were some personal experiences behind.
"In Davao, I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police] that if I can do it why can't you?” Duterte said while speaking to business leaders at the presidential palace. "I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”
Since taking charge in June, he has unleashed a ruthless war against country's drug cartels and addicts, which claimed 6,000 lives so far. It is for the first time that Duterte had admitted to killing suspects after becoming president, but it is actually not the first time he has suggested that he took someone's lives.
According to BBC, the president was not ready to give any details of whether he had personally killed people or involved with death squads targeting criminals in the past. Duterte's justice secretary on Wednesday said that he "exaggerated" things during his latest remarks.
The former mayor of Davaos has always likened to US president-elect Donald Trump for his demagoguery and powerful persona. During his tenure as mayor, Duterte had won acclaim for sharply reducing felony in the once violence shadowed city, but also earned notoriety for brutal nature of actions and supporting vigilante death squads who executed people without trial.
He has continued with his spree since becoming president and applied it on a national level. 6000 people have already lost their lives, many killed by vigilante groups who were disguised as government officials.
Duterte has gone publicly about his hatred against drug dealers and addicts. He made analogy between his directive to Hitler's persecution of Jews, adding he would be "happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts.
Earlier in December, Duterte claimed that during a phone call with Trump, the president-elect said he had approved of Duterte's methods. A stark variation from the president Barack Obama, the stance was widely criticised. (Duterte has responded by calling Obama a “son of a whore.”)