VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte says he never ordered the police to kill anyone, backpedals less than a minute later
Duterte: "I never said, 'I will order the police to kill you.'"
For President Rodrigo Duterte, there are no limits when it comes to fighting drugs and crime. Others find him merciless, his words disturbing. His orders: Surrender or risk being killed. In his own words, “I have immunity as president. I will kill you. I will take the law into my own hands.”
His inflammatory style has drawn condemnation from human rights groups and the international community, but in his 100 days in office, with the death toll close to 4,000, there are no signs he’s backing down. His government estimates there are three million addicts in the country, and he wants to slaughter them all.
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