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Philippine leader scolds 228 police on TV; to face militants

  • In this photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, berates erring policemen during an audience at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2017. Duterte angrily berated more than 200 allegedly erring policemen and said he would send them to a southern island to fight extremists dreaded for their beheadings. Duterte's expletive-filled outburst against the officers at the palace was his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned the national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal. (Robinson Ninal/Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, berates erring policemen during an audience at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2017. Duterte angrily berated more than 200 allegedly erring policemen and said he would send them to a southern island to fight extremists dreaded for their beheadings. Duterte's expletive-filled outburst against the officers at the palace was his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned the national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal. (Robinson Ninal/Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center by the podium, speaks to erring policemen during an audience at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2017. Duterte angrily berated more than 200 allegedly erring policemen and said he would send them to a southern island to fight extremists dreaded for their beheadings. Duterte's expletive-filled outburst against the officers at the palace was his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned the national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center by the podium, speaks to erring policemen during an audience at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2017. Duterte angrily berated more than 200 allegedly erring policemen and said he would send them to a southern island to fight extremists dreaded for their beheadings. Duterte's expletive-filled outburst against the officers at the palace was his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned the national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, speaks to erring policemen during an audience at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2017. Duterte angrily berated more than 200 allegedly erring policemen and said he would send them to a southern island to fight extremists dreaded for their beheadings. Duterte's expletive-filled outburst against the officers at the palace was his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned the national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal. (Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, speaks to erring policemen during an audience at the Presidential Palace grounds in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2017. Duterte angrily berated more than 200 allegedly erring policemen and said he would send them to a southern island to fight extremists dreaded for their beheadings. Duterte's expletive-filled outburst against the officers at the palace was his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned the national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal. (Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has angrily berated more than 200 erring policemen on national TV and said he will send them to a distant island to fight militants dreaded for beheadings.

Duterte's expletive-filled outburst Tuesday against the officers at Manila's presidential palace is his latest tirade against a police force that he has called "rotten to the core." He recently banned national police from carrying out his anti-drug campaign after a group of officers used the crackdown as a cover to kidnap and kill a South Korean man in an extortion scandal.

Officials say the 228 policemen are accused of a range of offenses including extortion and illegal arrests.