Hardman Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that once he threw out a kidnapper from a helicopter when he was mayor of the southern city of Davao, adding that he will impose the same punishment on corrupt officials.
“If you are corrupt, I will fetch you with a helicopter and I will throw you out on the way to Manila,” Duterte said, as cited by the Philippine Star newspaper. “I have done that before, why should I not do it again?”
Duterte added that his anti-corruption campaign, like his anti-drug operation, will be a top priority during his presidential term.
The Philippines president was giving a speech in Camarines Sur province during his visit of areas affected by Typhoon Nina. The typhoon rocked the region on Sunday, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and cutting off power. Thousands in coastal villages in the region were forced to evacuate.
Earlier in December, Duterte said he personally killed suspected criminals during his time as mayor of Davao, saying he patrolled the streets on a motorcycle “looking for trouble.”
His speech has not gone unnoticed and the Philippines Commission on Human Rights said it will investigate Duterte’s confession that he killed three suspected criminals in Davao.
Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre, however, was among the top officials who shrugged off Duterte’s statements as an exaggeration.
“It’s like a hyperbole – that’s the president. He is used to exaggerate[ing] just to put his message across,”…