‘Duterte Harry’ admits killing three
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.