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Philippine presidential frontrunner who 'jokes' about raping missionaries and pardons for death squads vows to give security forces shoot-to-kill orders

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Agence France Presse

DAVAO, Philippines: Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed Sunday to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces "shoot-to-kill" orders.

"What I will do is to urge Congress to restore death penalty by hanging," Duterte told a press conference in the southern city of Davao.

He also said he would give security forces "shoot-to-kill" orders for assaults on organised crime or against criminals who violently resist arrest.

Duterte has joked about his penis and vowed to pardon himself for mass murder, as he took his profanity-laced campaign to the nation's business elite.

Mr Duterte also hit out again at key Philippine allies the United States and Australia, after warning last week he would be prepared to sever diplomatic ties because their ambassadors spoke out against a joke he made about raping a missionary who was later murdered.

Mr Duterte has shocked the political establishment in recent weeks, surging to a clear lead in opinion surveys before the May 9 election with a campaign full of swear words and promises to end crime by killing tens of thousands of criminals.

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