It is rare to have a President speak in the manner that is now considered commonplace for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The controversial President has promised and threatened both during the time of his campaign and after he became President, in a manner that is considered vulgar.
He has also kept to his promise of carrying out a war on drugs in the Philippines and although said war has drawn criticism from international bodies and countries who worry about human right violations, he remains unmoved.
Now, the Philippine President has announced that he personally killed suspected criminals when he was mayor of his home city of Davao in the Philippines. According to him, he would be cruising the streets on his motorcycle, “looking for trouble”.
He made the rather controversial comment while giving a speech on Monday night as he discussed once more, his campaign to eradicate drugs. Currently, the number of victims of his drug war are put at 5000 people since he became president on June 30 and the hits have been carried out by both the Police force and unknown assailants.
The Philippine President was quoted by AFP as saying;
“In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police officers] that if I can do it, why can’t you,”
“And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also.”
“I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”
He also addressed the criticisms directed at him from the international community, during his speech on Monday. He said in English, “If they say that I am afraid to stop because of the human rights and guys … including Obama, sorry, I am not about to do that.”
The Philippine President allegedly has a much better relationship with the US president-elect Donald Trump, who he alleged, praised his war on drugs during a phone call this month.
During the period of his Presidency, Duterte has encouraged Filipinos to kill drug addicts, promising police officers that he would not prosecute them for extra-judicial executions. He, however, said that he and his security forces would not break the law.
For a man who compared himself to Adolf Hitler back in October, saying that he would be “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts, the Philippine President’s most recent statements are only a little surprising.