On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly made a number of outrageous claims, including bragging about stabbing a person to death and going into local jails and having “rumbles here, rumbles there.” He also garnered attention by referring to former President Barack Obama as “so black and arrogant” and referencing “ignorant Americans.”
As reported by Fox News, Duterte, the 72-year-old president of the Philippines, spoke during the APEC summit in Danang, a Vietnamese city, saying, “At the age of 16, I already killed someone. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing.” He added, “I was just 16 years old. It was just over a look. How much more now that I am president.”
A spokesman for Duterte later claimed the remarks were made “in jest.”
Duterte didn’t stop there. He also struck out at Obama for criticizing him in regards to the Philippine drug war.
“These white people, those from [the European Union], the ignorant Americans, pretending to be, this Obama,” said Duterte. “You are so black and arrogant. [Obama] reprimanded me. Why you reprimand me? I’m the president of a country.”
Duterte has been known for his obscene language and incendiary remarks during speeches discussing the crackdown on drug use and trafficking in the Philippines.
According to the Filipino government, more than 3,960 people have been killed during the war on drugs since Duterte took office 16 months ago. An additional 2,290 have lost their lives in drug-related crimes.
During a speech last year, Duterte stated he would be “happy to slaughter” the millions of drug addicts in the county, and claimed he fatally shot criminals during his time as mayor of Davao, a southern city in the Philippines, as a method for setting an example for local police forces.
Duterte’s speech on Thursday is not the first instance where he claimed he stabbed and killed someone when he was a teenager. During an interview with the Philippines edition of Esquire in 2015, Duterte said that, when he was 17, he may have “stabbed someone to death” during a “tumultuous fight in the beach.”
It’s unknown whether he was referring to the same even during his speech on Thursday or if these are two separate incidents.