Will throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter, have done it before: Philippine President Duterte

Duterte's remark comes few weeks after he claimed to have killed people during his 22 years as a mayor of Davao City.

Will throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter, have done it before: Philippine President Duterte

Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter, saying he has done it before, to a kidnapper, and won't hesitate to do it again.

Addressing a gathering of victims of a typhoon on Tuesday, Duterte said: "If you are corrupt, I will fetch you using a helicopter to Manila and I will throw you out. I have done this before, why would I not do it again?” A clip of the speech has also been posted on a video feed of the president’s office.


Duterte's remark comes few weeks after he claimed to have killed people during his 22 years as a mayor of Davao City, sometimes riding a motorcycle looking for “encounters to kill”.

He said those killings were part of legitimate police operations, including a hostage incident. Some senators have warned Duterte he risks impeachment over his comments.

The Philippines leader also said six people arrested last week during a seizure of more than half a tonne of methamphetamine, known locally as “shabu”, in the capital were fortunate he was out of town.

“They were lucky I was not in Manila that time. If I had known there were that much shabu inside a house, I would definitely kill you,” Duterte said, according to Reuter.

“Let’s not make any drama, I will personally gun you down if nobody else will do it.” It was not immediately clear when or where the helicopter incident Duterte spoke of took place. His spokesman, Ernesto Abella, suggested it may not have actually happened.

The Filipino president was visiting areas of the province in the northern island of Luzon that were recently affected by the deadly Typhoon Nock-Ten, locally known as Nina. The storm, one of the strongest since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines' Visayas region in 2014, killed at least six people and displaced hundreds of thousands, according to The Philippine Star.