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