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President Duterte Claims He Stabbed Someone to Death at 16

13 November 2017

"A real person, in a rumble, I stabbed the person".

Senate Majority leader Vicente Sotto 3rd on Friday also slammed the two United States lawmakers for meddling in the Philippine government's anti-illegal drugs campaign.

"How much more", Duterte asked rhetorically of his willingness to kill, "now that I am president?"

A spokesman for Duterte said the remarks had been made "in jest".

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In 2015, while he was mayor of Davao City, Mr. Duterte said in an interview with Esquire that he had stabbed someone to death when he was 17 years old.

"Do not just look at the figures of those who died".

Well, given Trump's apparent fondness for world dictators, it doesn't seem Trump will likely be bothered by not getting to discuss the topic with Duterte - after all, the USA commander-in-chief has praised Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who is accused of sanctioning the killings of some 800 protesters in a single day, for doing "a fantastic job in a very hard situation".

In December 2016, he said he used to shoot suspected criminals himself to show police officers that they can do it. Because you are insulting me. Why?

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Mr Duterte has frequently hit the headlines since being elected as president previous year. More than 3,900 people have been killed as part of Duterte's crackdown, according to Reuters, though police have said the killings were in self-defense. Government forces killed 920 Maute fighters in the five-month gun battle in Marawi City which ended in October.

And he has previously hit out at the European Union on several occasions, warning them to stop "interfering" in Filipino affairs.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the two had a "short, warm, and cordial" meeting. The ambassadors of those countries learn a lesson now. You can come here because we have existing agreements. "Don't f*** with us".

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President Duterte Claims He Stabbed Someone to Death at 16