‘Duterte Harry’ ad­mits killing three

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PHILIP­PINES Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has con­firmed he shot dead at least three men while mayor of the south­ern city of Davao.

“I killed about three of them,” he told the BBC. “I don’t know how many bul­lets from my gun went in­side their bod­ies. It hap­pened and I can­not lie about it.”

His state­ment came hours af­ter his spokesman de­nied Mr Duterte had per­son­ally killed any­one.

It came af­ter his com­ments to a group of busi­ness lead­ers on Wed­nes­day.

“In Davao I used to do it (kill) per­son­ally. Just to show to the guys (po­lice) that ‘if I can do it why can’t you?’,” he said. “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. I was re­ally look­ing for a con­fronta­tion so I could kill.”

In an hour-long speech in Sin­ga­pore, Mr Duterte out­lined how, as city mayor in 1988, he and two po­lice­men had shot dead three men who had col­lected a ran­som pay­ment for a kid­napped lo­cal woman.

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