President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is very unorthodox when it comes to world leadership and quite frankly it seems he couldn’t care less.
Addressing critics of his drug crackdown policies at a summit in Vietnam, Duterte claimed that he would often go into jails and have “rumbles here, rumbles there” reports Fox News.
“At the age of 16, I already killed someone. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing,” he said. “I was just 16 years old. It was just over a look. How much more now that I am president.”
This isn’t the first time Duterte has bragged about this. Back in 2015 he said “maybe I stabbed somebody to death” at 17.
This president also isn’t one to forget previous world leaders who’ve criticized his methods on the Philippines’ war on drugs; specifically targeting President Obama.
“These white people, those from [the European Union], the ignorant Americans, pretending to be, this Obama,” said the 72-year-old. “You are so black and arrogant. [He] reprimanded me. Why you reprimand me? I’m the president of a country.”
Fox news reports that, “Since Duterte took office 16 months ago, police said more than 3,960 people have been killed in the war on drugs. Another 2,290 people have been murdered in drug-related crimes, the government said.”
Duterte has commented in the past saying he’d be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts.
The Philippine President’s spokesman says these comments were made “in jest.”
What do you think of Duterte? Is the man out of control or just what the Philippines need to get back in control?