Philippine’s newly sworn-in President Rodrigo Duterte, 71, has vowed to wipe out drug traffickers and urged the population to kill addicts.

Duterte made the profanity laden speech Thursday even on a visit to Manila slum after he was sworn-in earlier in the day.

He unleashed several threats against drug traffickers in front of a crowd of about 500 people.


Duterte said in his speech: “These sons of whores are destroying our children. I warn you, don’t go into that, even if you’re a policeman, because I will really kill you”.

“If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

Duterte has previously alleged some police officers were engaged in drug trafficking.

The authoritarian head of state also encouraged people to venture into the funeral parlour business as his resolve to kill criminals will keep them in business.

He said: “I assure you you won’t go bankrupt. If your business slows I will tell the police, ‘Do it faster to help the people earn money’.”

Earlier on during his official speech at his swearing-in, he extended an olive branch to the country’s elites.

Duterte won last month’s election in a landslide after a campaign dominated by threats to kill tens of thousands of criminals in a relentless war on crime, and tirades against the nation’s elite that cast him as an incendiary, anti-establishment hero.

Author: Ope Adedeji