Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the murder of political opponents while mayor

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly once shot dead a justice department agent with an Uzi submachine gun while serving as mayor of Davao.

The allegation was made by Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former death squad member, before a Senate inquiry on extra-judicial killings.

Mr Duterte, he alleged, ordered him and others to kill about 1,000 criminals or political rivals over a 25-year period.

However a spokesman for Mr Duterte denied the allegations.

However the presidential spokesman Martin Andanar denied the allegations stressing that investigations into the president’s time as mayor had gone nowhere

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