In a startling revelation, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted to personally killing drug users and criminals during his tenure as Mayor of Davao.
Duterte made this announcement during a speech in the Presidential palace, where he was discussing his war on drugs in Philippines. He used to patrol the city at nights looking for a confrontation to ‘kill’ drug addicts.
According to Duterte, he wanted to send a strong message to drug addicts in Philippines. As mayor, he told the police officers under him, “If I can do it, why can’t you”.
After assuming Presidency on June 30, 2016, the police administration under him has killed approximately 5000 people in an effort to crack down on the growing drug menace in Philippines. Masked assailants have also been reported to sneak into the homes of suspected drug traffickers and kill them.
In an earlier speech, Duterte compared himself to Adolf Hitler, where he said he would be ‘happy to slaughter’ three million criminals and drug users. Within just five months into his Presidency and anti-drugs campaign, the United Nations and the United States have severely condemned his decisions of killing suspected criminals. Firmly defiant, the former mayor said that he will not apologize for his measures.
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