Election 2016

The new president of the Philippines says many slain journalists deserved it

washingtonpost.comPhilippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao on May 31. (Manman Dejeto/AFP/Getty)

Many slain journalists in the Philippines had been corrupt and had “done something” to warrant being killed, the country’s president-elect said.

“Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a bitch,” Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.

The brash, tough-talking former mayor, who will be sworn in as president on June 30, was responding to a question about how he would handle the killing of journalists.

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