MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he stabbed someone when he was a teenager, in yet another revelation from the tough-talking leader.
Duterte made the claim as he was defending his war on illegal drugs, which has earned him international condemnation due to the thousands of deaths attributed to it.
The president said he was not afraid of being locked up, noting he had been in and out of jail when he was a teenager after being involved in altercations, including one where he stabbed to death someone when he was 16.
“Kulong, eh noong teenager ako labas-pasok ako sa kulungan. Rambol dito . . . at the age of 16, may pinatay na ako,” Duterte told a number of Filipinos in Da Nang, Vietnam, where he is attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
"Tao talaga. Rambol. Saksak. Noong 16 years old iyon, nagkatinginan lang,” he added.
Duterte said if he had not been afraid of getting jailed as a teenager, all the more that he has nothing to worry about now that he is the most powerful man in the Philippines.
“Eh lalo na ako ngayong presidente na ako. You f**k with my countrymen, 'di kita papalusutin. Bahala na kayong human rights," he said.
Malacañang has yet to confirm whether Duterte’s latest claim was just said in jest or not.
Previously, the president had claimed shooting suspected criminals as mayor of Davao City.
He had also claimed shooting a classmate from San Beda College of Law.