Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: I stabbed someone to death

Chinese marine surveillance ships patrol the East China Sea.       Kyodo Kyodo  Reuters

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he stabbed a person to death when he was a teenager.

He made the shocking confession while speaking to the local Filipino community in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Thursday.

Duterte, 72, is known for his often incendiary and obscene language during speeches promoting the country's crackdown on rampant drug use and trafficking.

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail".

The world's two popular outspoken leaders are expected to meet for the first time on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Summit in Vietnam.

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone". A real person, a rumble, a stabbing.

Last year, the Philippine leader announced his "separation" from the U.S. but officials clarified that he was just stressing the need for an independent foreign policy.

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"I'm more comfortable with a panel of lawyers".

The investigator added that Mr Duterte's war on drugs was creating a "climate of fear and insecurity, feeding impunity, and undermining the constitutional fabrics of the country".

Critics dispute that and say executions are taking place with zero accountability, allegations the police reject. More than 2,000 others have been killed in connection with drug-related crimes.

But critics at home and overseas warn that he is orchestrating a campaign of extrajudicial mass murder, carried out by corrupt police and hired vigilantes. "Why are you so fascinated with drugs?"

In the past, Duterte has repeatedly said he will raise the sea dispute at the proper time and avoided the issue when Manila hosted two regional meetings this year. In 2015 he told the Philippians edition of Esquire Magazine that during "a tumultuous fight in the beach" when he was 17, "maybe I stabbed somebody to death".

Duterte said of his 2016 claim of murdering criminals in Davao: "In Davao I used to do it personally". The victim reportedly survived.

His spokesman later said his remarks had been "in jest".

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"I think the fact that we are one country that followed the constitutional tradition of the United States with checks and balances between coequal branches of government, will belie the so-called authoritarian tendencies", he said.

'This rapporteur, ' he said, after referring to Callamard by name.

"I will tell them: You are too presumptuous". I'll give you an answer.

After developing "warm rapport" with each other, President Duterte is expected to hold a "candid and productive" meeting with United States President Donald Trump today.

"We reiterate that our adherence to the rule of law remains as firm as ever, as is our commitment to the protection of human rights", Roque said.

Reacting to the two lawmakers' call, Duterte stressed that his war on drugs has only good intentions.

Adding to a sense of supreme confidence ahead of the event, Duterte on Thursday also proposed hosting a global summit on human rights in which all nations would be placed under the microscope. "We're even", he said.

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