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Philippines Senator says President should be impeached

Duterte admitted this week to personally killing drug suspects

CNN  — 

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be impeached after he admitted to personally killing drug suspects, one of his top critics told CNN.

On Monday, Duterte said that when mayor of the southern city of Davao, he would patrol the streets “looking for an encounter so I could kill.”

Since taking power in June, Duterte has waged a brutal “war on drugs” that has been linked to more than 5,900 deaths in less than six months.

Duterte had previously been accused of killing a government official with a Uzi submachine gun but his sober admission at a business forum has enraged his critics.

‘Blood on his own hands’

The President’s comments are tantamount to an admission of “mass murder,” Senator Leila De Lima told CNN Thursday.

“These are