Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque defended President Duterte’s claim that he once stabbed someone when he was 16 years old.
Roque didn’t put much meaning to the President’s earlier “stabbing story.” He dismissed it as part of the President’s “colorful language.” In a text message, he replied to GMA News saying, “I think it was in jest. The [President] uses colorful language when [with] Pinoys overseas.”
It was during the President’s speech in Vietnam when he explained to the Filipinos in Vietnam why he hates drugs so much.
He told them that when he was just 16 years old, he got into a violent gang fight and stabbed a person to death. He was quoted by GMA saying, ““At the age of 16, may pinatay na ako eh. Tao talaga. Rumble. Saksak. Noon 16 years old ‘yun. Nagkatinginan lang. Eh lalo na ngayon Presidente ako.” [At the age of 16, I killed someone, a person. There was a rumble, stabbed. I was just 16 years old then, we just had an exchange of glances. What more now that I am a President.]
The audience laughed because the President has been known for making jokes.