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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change-of-command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City,Philippines (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali) (sxk)

Philippine Senator Richard Gordon warned that an impeachment process could be initiated against President Rodrigo Duterte after he admitted having killed alleged drug addicts when he was mayor….reports Asian Lite News

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change-of-command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City,Philippines (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali) (sxk)

“When he says that, he’s opening himself up. He said it, so the legal way is to go ahead and impeach him,” the Senator said in reference to Duterte’s remarks.

In a speech before departing on an official visit to Cambodia on Monday, Duterte declared he had killed alleged drug addicts and traffickers while he was mayor of Davao city, reports Efe.

Since Duterte was elected President in May, nearly 6,000 people have been killed in the war on drugs by his administration — of this, over 2,000 people have died in police operations and the rest in extrajudicial killings.

President Rodrigo Duterte claims if he could go back in time, he wouldn’t want to be President, as he finds the work exhausting and the pay bad, media reports said on Tuesday.

“I don’t know if I will survive the next six years,” Efe news agency quoted Duterte as saying at an awards ceremony held late Monday at the MalacaƱang Presidential palace in Manila.

“I am ready to step down. I have no illusions about power or the presidency,” added the leader, who thinks his monthly salary of 130,000 pesos ($2,600) is too little.

However, Duterte also said he wants to fulfil all the promises he made during his election campaign that brought him victory in the presidential polls held on May 9, 2015.

Duterte will complete six months in office at the end of December since he assumed office on June 30, and according to surveys still enjoys huge popularity among Filipinos.

However, critics have panned him for his aggressive war on drugs that killed nearly 5,900 people in mostly extrajudicial killings, since he took office.

The violent campaign against drug-trafficking has been strongly criticised by international and regional human rights groups, including the UN and the European Union.

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