Philippines Duterte Claims to Have Thrown an Alleged Kidnapper Out of a Helicopter

Philippine presidential front-runner candidate Rodrigo Duterte (C) surrounded by security arrives in a helicopter for a motorcade campaign sortie in the town of Silang, Cavite province, southwest of Manila on April 22, 2016. Trash-talking Philippine presidential favourite Duterte has warned he is prepared to cut diplomatic ties with the United States and Australia after their envoys criticised his comments about the jailhouse rape of a missionary. (Photo credit: TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Philippine presidential front-runner candidate Rodrigo Duterte (C) surrounded by security arrives in a helicopter for a motorcade campaign sortie in the town of Silang, Cavite province, southwest of Manila on April 22, 2016. Trash-talking Philippine presidential favourite Duterte has warned he is prepared to cut diplomatic ties with the United States and Australia after their envoys criticised his comments about the jailhouse rape of a missionary. (Photo credit: TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to round up corrupt officials and toss them from his helicopter midflight — and it wouldn’t be the first time he’s done it, he says.

In a speech at Camarines Sur in the northern Philippines on Tuesday, Duterte reportedly recounted throwing an alleged kidnapper to his death — furnishing details about how high the pilot had to fly — while he was mayor of Davao City, according to local newspaper the Philippine Star.

“If you are corrupt, I will fetch you with a helicopter and I will throw you out on the way to Manila,” the newspaper quoted him as saying in Tagalog during the speech. “I have done that before, why should I not do it again?”

Duterte was in Camarines Sur after touring provinces ravaged by Typhoon Nock-Ten, which made landfall on Christmas Day. But after he announced financial assistance packages for disaster-stricken areas, talk swung to the anti-corruption drive he stressed would be a main focus of his six-year term — alongside his anti-drug campaign, which has seen over 6000 people killed in brutal, extrajudicial fashion.

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SOURCE: TIME, Joseph Hincks