Philippines' Duterte admits personally killing suspects

    Philippines' Duterte admits personally killing suspects

    Dec.14, Manila: Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he personally killed criminal suspects as mayor of Davao.

    It is the first such admission he has made since becoming president in June, but echoes comments he made in 2015. He ran the southern city for two decades, earning a reputation for cutting crime, and criticism for allegedly supporting death squads.

    Mr Duterte was speaking to business leaders at the presidential palace on Monday, before an overseas trip.

    It is the latest in a series of controversial and sometimes contradictory comments by Mr Duterte.

    "In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police] that if I can do it why can't you," he said.

    "And I'd go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill."

    It echoed comments he made in 2015, when he admitted killing at least three men suspected of kidnapping and rape in Davao.

    But just hours before his latest remarks, he insisted "I am not a killer", in a speech for The Outstanding Filipino Awards 2016. He has also previously both acknowledged and denied being involved with death squads.

    The Oslo Times International News Network