Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Philippine Presidential Frontrunner Duterte Will Pardon Himself for Mass Murder

Philippine presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte told a group in Manila that he would pardon himself for mass murder if elected.

Duterte made the remarks during an hour and a half-long speech to the Makati Business Club in which he also defended his reputation as a womanizer and made jokes about his genitals.
The Davao City mayor — who has previously boasted of running vigilante death squads that killed over 1,700 people — added that he would also pardon soldiers and policemen accused of human rights abuses.

“I will issue 1,000 pardons a day,” he said, before referencing a law that allows the president to pardon himself. The politician most recently gained notoriety for joking about the 1989 rape of an Australian missionary, following which he not only defended his remarks, but told a women’s rights group to “go to hell”. He called his daughter a “drama queen” when she spoke about her own alleged rape.