“Hitler massacred three million Jews… There’s three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he personally killed suspected criminals when he was mayor of the city of Davao.
He made the comments in a speech on Monday in relation to the ongoing campaign to eradicate illegal drugs. Reports say that police and unknown assailants kill around 5,000 suspect in this crime since Duterte became president on 30 June, 2016.
“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,” AFP quoted Duterte as saying. “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.”
“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,” Duterte added.
Just hours before these remarks, Duterte insisted “I am not a killer”, in a speech for The Outstanding Filipino Awards 2016.
In previous comments, Duterte has both denied and acknowledged his involvement in such actions.
In October Philippines’ president compared himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would be “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts.