Police have maintained that they only kill criminals in self-defence, but Amnesty International has accused them of shooting defenceless people dead and hiring assassins to murder drug addicts.
"I already killed someone".
Mr Duterte made the assertion on Thursday in a meeting with the Filipino community in Da Nang, Vietnam, where he and leaders from other Pacific Rim countries were gathered for a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. [He] reprimanded me. Why you reprimand me?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skipped the gala dinner hosted by Vietnam Friday night for the visiting Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders due to urgent matters that needed his attention. During last year's presidential campaign, Trump famously boasted that his supporters were so loyal that, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose not lose any voters". "The US President's willingness to challenge the appalling record of President Duterte's "war on drugs" is a crucial test of his administration's commitment to upholding and defending human rights".
The White House highlighted the long-standing cooperation and relationship between the USA and the Philippines, including on counter-terrorism, trade and human rights.
Duterte went on to say that he "won't let you off the hook" if you mess with Filipinos, adding, "Never mind about the human rights advocates".
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"How much more now that I am President?" he concluded, to laughter from the audience.
Duterte boasts that as mayor of the southern city of Davao, he has killed suspects to serve as an example to his police officers.
After attending the APEC summit here, Trump is scheduled to visit the Philippines this weekend to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and related meetings. "Just to show the guys that, if I can do it, why can't you?"
The Palace official said Duterte has had the opportunity to clarify his position on the alleged killings in the Philippines. In 2015, he told the Philippines edition of Esquire magazine that during a "tumultuous fight in the beach" when he was 17, "maybe I stabbed somebody to death". The Philippine president has denied any involvement.
Duterte and Trump, who has adopted a similar strategy to excuse outrageous remarks spoken in earnest as jokes after the fact, could perhaps compare notes in Manila this weekend. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.