In this Dec. 1, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte and partner Honeylet Avanceña attend the birthday celebration of Japan Emperor Akihito at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. PPD/Karl Norman Alonzo

WATCH: Honeylet's defense of Duterte before PNP
(philstar.com) - October 5, 2017 - 4:33am

Honeylet Avanceña, the partner of President Rodrigo Duterte who has been assuming some of the duties of a first lady, defended her significant other amid criticisms connected to killings in the his campaign against drugs.

Speaking before the Philippine National Police at the drug rehabilitation program launching on October 3, Avanceña claimed that having known the president for years, ordering killings is "not his cup of tea."

FULL STORY: Honeylet claims Duterte could not order killing of people

Duterte, however, has several times encouraged the police in his speeches to execute drug suspects and addicts. — Video report by Efigenio Toledo IV

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