The new president of the Philippines has said he will give members of the public a medal if they kill a drug dealer.
Rodrigo Duterte has been elected on a promise to win the country’s war on crime by killing thousands of drug dealers.
The hardliner made the shocking statements on live TV in front of a huge crowd celebrating his presidential victory late on Saturday in the southern city of Davao. The 71-year-old told cheering fans.
“If they are there in your neighbourhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun. You have my support. “If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal.” “If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. “You son of a whore, I will really kill you.”
Mr Duterte insisted his vigilante anti-crime campaign would be “a bloody war,” as he offered bounties for killing drug lords.
“I will pay, for a drug lord: five million pesos (£15,000) if he is dead. If he is alive, only 4.999 million,” he laughed.