Philippine President Dexter

Here’s a fun story. Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is a bit of a controversial character. One particular reason why he’s controversial is because he has this little policy about drug users, which is that he feels it’s OK for people to just kill them, whatever, no big deal. Last week, Duterte said something really interesting:

On Monday, Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, bragged about killing people. He said that when he was a city mayor, he used to hunt suspects on his motorcycle, shooting people on the spot. The goal, he said, was to encourage police officers to do the same.

“In Davao, I used to do it personally. Just to show to the [police] that if I can do it, why can’t you?” he said.

“I [would] go around in Davao with a motorcycle … and I would just patrol the streets and looking for trouble also. I was really looking for an encounter to kill,” he said.

Ah, hey, OK. He was just a big city mayor, riding around on his motorcycle, looking for people to kill. As you’ll do. Duterte’s handlers, who are underpaid no matter how much they’re making, scrambled to argue that he was “exaggerating” (maybe he only wounded the people he shot?), but, I mean, this is kind of a big admission. The former mayor of Davao and current President of the Philippines says he’s a serial killer, that’s going to raise some eyebrows.

One eyebrow that has been raised belongs to Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, who thinks, maybe, that somebody should investigate Duterte’s claims. Duterte’s response?

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines called the United Nations’ human rights chief an “idiot” on Thursday, days after the diplomat suggested that Mr. Duterte be investigated for murder.

You there in the United Nations, you do not know diplomacy,” Mr. Duterte said. “You do not know how to behave, to be an employee of the United Nations. You do not talk to me like that, you son of a bitch.”

Yes, clearly anybody who suggests that a confessed murderer should be investigated for murder is an idiot. Duterte also said he would “burn down the United Nations” if he goes there, and, hey, why not add arson to the list?

Duterte’s new kick is his plan to ban online gambling in the Philippines, so if you’re a Filipino who likes to play online poker or whatever you might want to get your affairs in order. You’d hate to be sitting in an internet cafe holding a full house, see your president come through the door packing an AR-15, and realize you never bothered to draw up a will.

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