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Philippines’ Duterte threatens to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter

WATCH ABOVE: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter and continue killing drug pushers until his administration is over.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter mid-flight and kill drug lords under his administration.

Duterte made the statement at a speech while visiting typhoon victims in the Camarines Sur province on Tuesday, saying that he has thrown criminals out of a helicopter before.

“If you are corrupt, I will [catch] you using a helicopter [from] Manila and I will throw you out. I have done this before, why would I not do it again,” he said, claiming he once threw a Chinese suspect off a helicopter for raping and killing a woman while he was mayor of Davao.

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Duterte had made similar statements about personally killing criminals while serving as mayor of Davao for two decades, in which he said he even rode a motorcycle to look for criminals to kill.

He also commented on a drug raid in Manila on Dec. 24, saying he would personally kill the six suspects arrested for having more than $67 million worth of local methamphetamines.

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“They were lucky I was not in Manila that time. If I had known there [was] that much ‘ice’ inside a house, I would definitely kill you. Let’s not make any drama, I will personally gun you down if nobody else will do it,” Duterte said.

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Duterte said his administration will continue his war on drugs.

“While they are still there, until the last day, however long or short I may be there. If I’m still president, until the last pusher is out on the streets, until the last drug lord killed, I will definitely kill you,” he said.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in the crackdown since Duterte took office in July, roughly a third in police operations. The other deaths are classified as under investigation, many believed to be the work of vigilantes.