Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Philippines' Duterte says he once stabbed someone to death

Philippines' Duterte says he once stabbed someone to death

In Danang, Duterte also targeted the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, who has been a frequent critic of the drug war.

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"If you do not like me, I do not like you".

Since Mr Duterte took office in June 2016, more than 7,000 people have been killed in a brutal clampdown on illegal substances, with the leader saying he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts. "A real person, a rumble, a stabbing", the 72-year-old told the attendees.

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"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Duterte said Friday in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam. Tragically, the figure does not include another 2,290 civilians whose murders were linked to drug-related crimes and thousands of others whose deaths remain a mystery. "One fight there, another here - at the age of 16, I killed someone".

Russia is ready to intensify military cooperation with the Philippines, Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Duterte amid the lingering common threat of terrorism.

"Do not just look at the figures of those who died.You mean to say that all of them died in [an] extrajudicial way?"

Mr Duterte is due to hold bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump in the Philippines in the coming days - the first meeting between the pair.

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Asking why Ms Callamard was not more concerned with bombings and violence in the Middle East, Mr Duterte added: "What have you been doing all the time?"

His new spokesman, Harry Roque, indicated that may be the case with his stabbing-to-death claim. "I said, just because it happened 40 years ago, it happened 100 years ago - when it was wrong then, it is definitely still wrong now", he said here the other night.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in July conducted a hearing into the Philippines' war on drugs, where human rights organizations urged the Philippine government to uphold the rule of law and respect human rights in its campaign.

Ms Callamard has called for the establishment of a "strong independent human rights institution" in the Philippines and criticised the Mr Duterte's drug policy. "That's not so easy", Duterte told Putin.

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"Let us investigate all violations of human rights committed by all governments", he said, specifically naming the United States, France and Russian Federation. "So let's have a summit of how we can protect the human rights for all the human race", Duterte said.

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