Of­fi­cial: Duterte ex­ag­ger­ates, says he’d killed crim­i­nals him­self

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MANILA | The Philip­pine jus­tice sec­re­tary said Wed­nes­day that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte of­ten ex­ag­ger­ates killings of crim­i­nals he sup­pos­edly car­ried out to send a chill­ing warn­ing to law­break­ers.

Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II told re­porters that Mr. Duterte may have been re­sort­ing to hy­per­bole when he sug­gested in a re­cent speech that he used to go around his south­ern Davao city as mayor on a big mo­tor­cy­cle to look for crim­i­nals to kill so po­lice­men would em­u­late him.

“The pres­i­dent al­ways re­sorts to hy­per­bole, he al­ways ex­ag­ger­ates just to put his mes­sage across,” Mr. Aguirre told re­porters.

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