Philippines' President-Elect Encourages People To Kill Drug Dealers
Rodrigo Duterte also has threatened drug addicts and journalists in the Philippines.
In a nationally televised speech Saturday night, the next president of the Philippines encouraged people to shoot and kill drug dealers that resist arrest.
According to Al Jazeera, Rodrigo Duterte said, "Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support," adding, "Shoot him and I'll give you a medal."
He also threatened to kill drug addicts.
If you're familiar with Duterte at all, you may not be surprised. Prior to clinching the nomination as president, the former Davao City mayor pledged to execute 100,000 criminals if elected.
But drug dealers and criminals aren't the only ones whose lives may be at risk in the Philippines. A local newspaper reports Duterte recently threatened journalists, too. He reportedly told a crowd in his hometown that, "Just because you’re a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch."
Duterte, who's been dubbed the "Trump of the East," is a confessed murderer himself.
"I must admit, I have killed. ... I killed about three people," he said.
But apparently supporters like his tough-on-crime attitude. Duterte was elected president May 9 after winning about 39 percent of the vote. He's set to be sworn in June 30.
Ship sinks between South Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 8 missing
The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship sank about 100 miles southwest of Nagasaki, Japan, and about 93 miles south of South Korea's Jeju Island.By The Korea Coast Guard via AP
What it means to be born in the Year of the Rabbit
East Asians around the world will ring in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday, January 22.By Mark Schiefelbein
A look inside a suspected Chinese police outpost in the US
Scripps News investigates a suspected Chinese police facility in New York.By Scripps News
Romance scams becoming more common as stigma around reporting remains
Romance scams are the type of scam that people lose the most money to, according to the Federal Trade Commission.By Shutterstock
Georgia's Bennett arrested in Texas for public intoxication
Police said that at about 6:10 a.m., officers responded to reports of a man banging on doors.By Ashley Landis / AP
Concerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over
The organizer and host for this year's breakfast will be the National Prayer Breakfast Foundation, headed by former Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.By Patrick Semansky /AP