To add to absurd statements made by political figures this horrid year, President Duterte of the Philippines’ threatened to fling corrupt officials off helicopters mid-air, claiming that he’d done it before.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who is already under heavy scrutiny for the barbaric tactics being used in Philippines’ infamous War on Drugs and corruption, stated: “If you are corrupt, I will fetch you using a helicopter to Manila and I will throw you out”.
It is not the first time that Duterte has implied that he personally has carried out extra-judicial killings.
Throughout the course of the year, Duterte’s invidious statements have sparked outrage across the world.
After facing criticism from the UN for conducting human rights’ violations, Duterte responded with obscenity-filled rants and even showing them the finger.
He preceded to call EU members hypocrites for judging him after their colonial ancestors were involved in the killing of “thousands of Arabs” during the Crusades.
He went on to say the EU is simply trying to ‘’atone’’ for its past sins and rid itself of “guilty feelings”.
Duterte did not even spare President Obama, referring to him as “son of a whore” when it was suggested that Obama would challenge him on human rights’ violations.
Mass killings of drug traffickers and corrupt officials in the Philippines have gained the attention of human rights’ activists across the world.
Duterte has never been subtle about the tactics he was going to be using in his war against drugs. At some point he had even said that he would kill own kids if he ever caught them with drugs.
Similar to Donald Trump, Duterte’s team has to constantly explain his statements, often saying that he is not being literal when making such outrageous remarks.
Duterte has since retracted his statement. In an interview with ABS-CBN news, he said “Helicopter to throw a person? And if that is true, I will not admit it.”