For 23 years since he was mayor of Davao, President Duterte seemed insulted by claims that he was behind the summary executions of drug suspects in the city.
Duterte, addressing local officials in Davao City, said the over 1,000 killings seemed so small.
“So ang puntada ng mga gaga dito it’s almost 1,700, sabi ko napaka-gago naman ninyo. Eh kung talagang killer ako, I am mayor here 23 years. ‘Yan lang ang ipakita ninyo sa akin?” he said.
“Karami kong tinapon diyan sa Samal Island ng Davao Gulf. ‘Yan lang makikita mo? I must have been just, I raised the level of… into a sarcasm,” he said during a speech before local officials in Davao City.
“Pero ako, papatay… Totoo ‘yan. Pero ‘di naman gano’n karami. 1,700. Mga 1,400 siguro,” he added.
Self-confessed member of the Davao Death Squad, Edgar Matobato, earlier testified in a Senate hearing last week that they have dumped bodies at Samal Island. [source]