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Rights monitors slam Philippine mayor 'The Punisher' Duterte for murder threat

Published on Feb 4, 2014 5:04 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Human rights activists in the Philippines expressed outrage on Tuesday at a mayor who told a parliamentary inquiry he would happily murder an alleged criminal, warning his threat fuelled the country's infamous culture of impunity.

Mr Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking politician nicknamed "The Punisher" , issued the warning in the Senate on Monday to a businessman being investigated for allegedly controlling a major rice smuggling cartel.

"If this guy would go to Davao and starts to unload (smuggled rice)... I will gladly kill him," Mr Duterte, the long-time mayor and political kingpin of the southern city of Davao warned as he took the witness stand.

"I would not hesitate. I would do it for my country."

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