Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose bloody war on drugs has led to the deaths of more than 12,000 Filipinos, boasted on Thursday that he is no more concerned with killing now than he was at the age of 16, when he said he stabbed a man to death just because he looked at him the wrong way.
"I'm urging President Duterte to do so!" "The president uses colorful language when (he is with) Pinoys (Filipinos) overseas".
"I think it was in jest", Mr. Roque said.
Duterte claimed to have killed someone during a gang fight just hours after giving the opening speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. "For these reasons, it is paramount that human rights violations not be the consequences of the Philippines" "war on drugs.' It is the obligation of the United States to advocate for and defend those human rights as set forth in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights", the lawmaker said.
Philippines media reported they had contacted the president's spokesman to confirm whether his comments were intended as a joke.
"The arms that you sent were very accurate and they were able to take care of the snipers", Duterte told Putin, referring to the ISIS-inspired Maute rebels. "Because you are insulting me". "Lay off. That is not your business".
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".
"You fuck with my countrymen, I won't let you off the hook", he added, mixing English and Tagalog.