Rodrigo Duterte is no stranger to controversial statements, and he's even offered medals to civilians who shot drug dealers.
On Monday, hours after saying "I am not a killer" at an awards speech, the Philippines president admitted to killing criminal suspects himself while mayor of Davao, the BBC reports. He said he patrolled the city looking for fights where he could kill suspects, to show police they could do the same.
Hitler massacred three million Jews... There's three million drug addicts. I'd be happy to slaughter them.
Duterte has been widely criticized for escalating the war on drugs in the Philippines. More than 5,000 people have been killed by police and vigilantes since his election in May.
Duterte has not been fazed by the criticism. He has said he does not care about human rights, Al Jazeera reports.
Duterte has contradicted himself on his role in the Davao's "death squads," alternately saying that he was involved and that he was not involved, The Guardian reports.
He has criticized President Obama publicly and avoided meeting with him.
stop saying duterte killed criminals. that's just what he says. they were never tried in court.— #IMPEACHDUTERTE (@xpeanutgalleryx) December 14, 2016
simply, DUTERTE KILLED FILIPINOS.
His most recent remarks drew heated criticism.
Oust me - good. Assassinate me - better. I have this migraine every day.
Duterte also recently told the press he "might not be around" for the end of his six-year term. He is 71 and suffers from migraines, back pain and Buerger's disease, a condition of the blood vessels that is often tied to smoking.
He also said he "did not need [the presidency] at his age" but didn't regret running, Reuters reports.
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