10,000 deaths in Davao City? There were only 600, says Duterte

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Posted at Mar 29 2017 06:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte attends a news conference at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand March 21, 2017. Jorge Silva, Reuters

MANILA - President Rodrigo Dutere on Wednesday admitted that around 600 criminals were killed in Davao City while he was mayor.

"Kasi marami daw ako pinatay, 10,000. Sobra naman 'yun. I was Davao City mayor for 23 years. Magsabi ako, 600 meron. Criminals killed in action. Pero 'yung mag-utos ako?" Duterte said during the People's Day celebration in Oriental Mindoro.

(They said I killed 10,000. That's too many. I can say, around 600 were killed, criminals killed in action...and not upon my orders). 

He also claimed majority of the criminals he sent to prison were guilty.

"In my experience, out of 20, wala pa. Siguro out of 30, dalawa. Innocently imprisoned. Karamihan talaga may sabit," Duterte said.

Duterte's new comments contradict what he said back in February, when he reacted to claims of Retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas, a self-confessed leader of the so-called Davao Death Squad. 

Duterte also hit the European Union Parliament anew, for criticizing his war on drugs, as well as for asking for the release of Senator Leila de Lima, who the EU considers as a political prisoner.

"Itong mga puti, bugok talaga. Terrible. I said I am trying to figure out members of the EU Parliament. There is a lady here...kayo ba naniniwala na political prisoner si De Lima? Pinapa-release ng EU kasi political prisoner daw. Sa politika? Anak ng...tapos ako pa tuloy ang ipakulong? Buang, p*t*ng*n*," he said.

(These people are stupid. Do you believe that De Lima is a political prisoner? Son of a...and they want me jailed? Stupid.)

The European Parliament earlier said it was set to discuss a motion calling for a resolution from the transnational body to call for De Lima's immediate release.