Hardline Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he killed suspected criminals during his time saying he patrolled the roads on a bike looking for trouble.”
The confession was made by the firebrand leader in a speech on Monday to businessmen as he discussed his anti-drug efforts, by AFP.
"In Davao, I used to get it done personally. Merely to reveal to the men [the authorities] that if I can get it done, why can not you," Duterte said.
He went on to add he would “ go around having a motorcycle, having an enormous bike about, and I would only patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I had been extremely looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”
Duterte said he would not stop the infamous war on drugs, and rejected criticism from international rights groups that accuse him of giving the green light to the utilization of excessive force and also extrajudicial killings.
Formerly, records alleged that Duterte ran a vigilante group known as the Davao Death Squad that killed over 1,000 suspected criminals – a claim he's consistently denied.
Soldiers carry on a stretcher a wounded member of the presidential security group of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who was airlifted at an army camp in Cagayan de Oro November 29, 2016, after being hit in a roadside bomb attack in Lanao del Sur, Philippines. © Armed Forces of the improvement security team blasted in explosive region of the PhilippinesPhilippines President Duterte
In July, only weeks after taking office, Duterte unleashed an assault on drug traffickers and junkies, telling his supporters in Manila: “If you know of any enthusiasts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it will be too painful.”
Other incendiary statements followed, making clear the leader’s powerful approach toward suppressing drug trafficking. In September, Duterte said if his relentless drug war were as powerful as the Holocaust, he'd be happy that was “ ”.
3 million Jews were massacred by “Hitler. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts... I’d be very happy to slaughter them he said. “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have...,” the president went on, pointing to himself.
You understand my victims. I 'd like [them] to be all offenders save the following generation from perdition.” and to complete the problem of my country
The rhetoric has not endeared him to local drug lords while Duterte’s blunt remarks on combatting drug trafficking have faced widespread international condemnation. Earlier this season, they raised the bounty on his head from 10 million pesos (US$216,000) to 50 million pesos ($1.08 million).