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Duterte Killed as Teen: Philippine President Claims Stabbing

Duterte Killed as Teen: Philippine President Claims Stabbing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks on the second day of the APEC CEO Summit, taking place ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 9, 2017.(Hoang Dinh Nam (AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 07:37 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claims he killed someone in a brawl as a teen.

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone," he told a gathering of Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he was visiting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, France 24 reported.

The admission comes amid mounting international criticism of his violent war on illicit drugs.

According to The Independent, the clampdown has resulted in more than 7,000 deaths, and the Philippines president has no intention of stopping the bloody campaign.

Addressing the local Filipino community, Duterte said he was not afraid to go to jail, referencing the killing to drive home his point.

"When I was a teenager, I was in and out of jail," he said, according to CNN. "One fight there, another here — at the age of 16, I killed someone. A person, really. During a fight. Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other."

Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, has since told the British news network that the comment was made in jest.

"The President uses colorful language when with Pinoys overseas," he said, according to CNN.

Duterte regularly makes headlines for his provocative comments defending his war on drugs.

In December last year he claimed to have personally shot dead criminal suspects to set an example to police during his time as mayor of southern Davao city, France 24 reported.

During an election campaign he said a college had expelled him after shooting a fellow student for insulting him.

BBC noted that Duterte has also claimed to have hurled corrupt officials out of helicopters, sending out a warning to others that he would not tolerate the embezzlement of financial aid.

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