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Philippines president claims he dropped kidnapper from helicopter

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for a meeting with the Cambodian prime minister on Dec. 14.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for a meeting with the Cambodian prime minister on Dec. 14.  (AP)

The foul-mouthed president of the Philippines, who earlier this month admitted to personally shooting and killing three men and using a powerful painkiller in excess of a doctor’s order, said Tuesday he also had dropped a kidnapping suspect from a helicopter – and he would do it again.

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Speaking at the Camarines Sur provincial capitol, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the story of his vigilante justice in an effort to show he was serious about anti-corruption measures, The Philippine Star reported.

“If you are corrupt I will fetch you with a helicopter and I will throw you out on the way to Manila,” Duterte said. “I have done that before, why should I not do it again?”

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Duterte bolstered the outrageous claim with explicit details.

He said he went after a group of kidnapping suspects who allegedly abused a victim even after receiving their requested ransom. He also recalled telling the helicopter pilot to fly at a specific altitude – so the splatter of the body wouldn’t cause a ruckus on the ground.

An unspecified report had previously alleged Duterte, as Davao mayor, killed a drug dealer by dropping him from a helicopter, The Philippine Star reported.

Duterte said earlier this month that he personally killed three men “to show to the [police] that if I can do it, why can’t you?”

“And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble,” Duterte told the BBC on Dec. 16. “I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”

The admission came just hours after a spokesman denied Duterte had killed anyone.