|President Rodrigo Duterte|
(Scroll down for video) The president of the Philippines, made a shocking admission during a business forum.
On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte told people gathered at the Wallace Business Forum in Manila, that while he was mayor in Davao, he executed suspected criminals by himself.
He boasted that he drove around the city with a big bike looking for trouble. When he met suspected criminals, he shot and killed them.
He told the group that he is making the admission so that ordinary citizens would learn from him and execute suspected criminals.
After he won the recent election, On Saturday, Duterte, 71, gave a speech in Davao, where he called on citizens to use their guns to get rid of drug dealers who refuse to hand themselves over to police.
The crowd cheered as Duterte promised to reward citizens who fight crime. The president said that drastic action is needed since high-ranking police officials are involved in the drug trade.
If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be taken to a police station, he can be killed, the president said. He also promised to give the shooter a medal for this service.