Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has denied reports that he threw a person off a helicopter in an interview with CNN Philippines Thursday.
“We had no helicopter. We don’t use that,” he said. He described the incident as “just the creative imagination of this Tulfo.”
Earlier this week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly threatened government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter mid-air if they are found to be corrupt, claiming he had done it before and that he would very much do it again if he had to.
The former prosecutor and governor had reportedly made a statement that he once hurled a Chinese man suspected of rape and murder out of a helicopter.
“If you are corrupt, I will fetch you using a helicopter to Manila and I will throw you out. I have done this before, why would I not do it again?” Duterte said during a speech to victims of a typhoon on Tuesday.