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This will be your last Merry Christmas, warned Duterte

  • Published at 04:52 pm December 9th, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:00 pm December 9th, 2016
This will be your last Merry Christmas, warned Duterte
The resurfacing of an online video made last Christmas has heaped more controversy on outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. In 2015, the then mayor of Davao City released this video prior to his successful run for the presidency in June 2016. [arve url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBSB9a3iTMQ"/] His message for drug traffickers, corrupt officials, thieves, and "those who have made life very hard for the Filipinos" was very clear. “If you will not stop and the violence continues, this will be your last Merry Christmas,” he says. The video went viral - and mainstream. It was also shown in movie theatres and the audio version was aired on radio channels. Since assuming his country's highest office six months ago, Duterte has largely followed through on his campaign pledges, leading to a sharp rise in the killings of alleged drug dealers and drug users. Among his many other incendiary remarks, Duterte was quoted by the New York Times as saying: “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million, there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”