Steven Seagal meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, talks drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte with visiting American actor Steven Seagal (L) gestures during his courtesy call at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila
President Rodrigo Duterte with visiting American actor Steven Seagal (L) gestures during his courtesy call at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines October 12, 2017. Malacanang Presidential Photo/Handout via REUTERS

October 13, 2017

MANILA (Reuters) – U.S. actor Steven Seagal, famous for playing action roles like a vice squad detective in “Above the Law”, met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while on a location scouting trip in Manila.

Video footage released by government channel RTVM showed Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte.

Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location for his upcoming movie which will be “about illegal drugs and other crimes”, a presidential palace statement said.

The statement said that Duterte told Seagal that “movies are a reflection of life” and “reiterated his strong stance against illegal drugs because it enslaves people to a form of synthetic chemical.”

Duterte has been involved in a deadly drug war since taking office last June, and on Wednesday ordered all drug operations be left to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct in the brutal crackdown that has left thousands of Filipinos dead.

Earlier this week, Seagal said at a news conference in Manila that he didn’t think the Philippines was “a dangerous place”.

“It’s a place that’s up and coming with the new leadership,” the Philippine Star reported him as saying.

Duterte was nicknamed “The Punisher” due to his zero-tolerance of crime and drugs during the 22 years he was mayor of southern Davao City.

A former martial arts instructor, Seagal is famous for action hero roles in blockbuster movies in the 1990s, such as “Under Siege” and “Hard To Kill”.

He has also starred in a reality television series called “Steven Seagal: Lawman”, in which he carries out duties as a reserve deputy sheriff in Louisiana.

(Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by Michael Perry)

  • XMagma1

    The issues with Duterte and his crackdown on illegal drug issues is near and dear to my heart. I’ve lived in the Phillipines for about 2.5 years and am married to a wonderful woman whose family is supportive of Duterte. I am not so much on his bandwagon however. As an American, I believe in innocent until proven guilty, whereas It does appear that Duterte campaigned on, and began initiating strong armed tactics which from my experience has gone against many peoples human rights. Due to that, I no longer desire to return and visit extended family.

    • Wayne Petersen

      What about the ‘rights’ of the addicted. NO DRUGS=NO ADDICTION. Seems pretty simple when you get right down to it. A drug dealer is a criminal and the idea that anybody has a ‘right’ to put any chemical into his/her body is pure BULL***T. The burden of saving the lives of those lucky enough to survive an overdose is put on the law abiding. Drug dealers are murderers by proxy. Pity those people who get their first dose for free. They will pay dearly for the rest of their short lives.

      • XMagma1

        You read too much into what I was trying to say! I am NOT making any argument as to an addicts rights to take drugs. My only point is that an innocent person has a righht not to be gunned down in the streets simply because someone with ill motives tells police the person is dirty. If a person is accused, arrest him, put him in the jail, and prove he is dirty. If he is clean, release him and go to his accuser and discover why the accuser made the accusation. If the accuser did it due to some misguided vendetta, arrest him and charge him with making false allegations. If the dirty addict is convicted, do whatever based on Philippino drug laws, but a person, dirty or clean should be allowed to prove himself innocent or the law can prove he was dirty.
        You seem to be all over the place with your diatribe. I didn’t understand what you were trying to say when you said this, “The burden of saving the lives of those lucky enough to survive an overdose is put on the law abiding”. I do not buy into any argument that absolves a drug user from having any responsibility for getting involved with any drug, or anything for that matter, unless of course he had e drugs forced down his throat. Saying that because he was given his first taste for free, makes him free from his poor choice to go for it, is illogical. I don’tmind saying that at my age, 60, I’ve made those poor choices here and there when I was in my late teens to early 20’s, but never did I ever blame anyone for those poor choices! As for pitying those who also made similar poor choices… I suppose I have feelings that could be termed pity, but I would, and have tried to help that person by showing them compassion. If they screw up and overdose, I might feel bad that they did something so stupid, but my care concern and compassion is not for the dead guy, but for all those who loved him and who had been trying to help him stop, but couldn’t get him to, because once addicted, getting a person to listen and then stop is almost impossible. It can be achieved, but probably not by family who have zero understanding of what their loved one, once addicted, is struggling with. The addicted need people such as myself and others who have been there but were able to stop, when someone had cared enough to see and evaluate, then in kindness and “love” reached out. So I hope that clears it up.

  • Ed L

    My sister in law is from Davao city Duterte was really hard on drug dealers and there were rumors he would keep the drug dealers money

    • Scott M

      US law enforcement often keep the drug money to use in financing their war on drugs. I see nothing wrong with that. They seize money, cars, houses, etc.

      • Zotus

        If the War On Drugs was legit sure but the US Government has it hands in the drug trade to fund covert CIA activities. Why hasn’t the US eradicated the poppy fields in Afghanistan which supply 80% of the worlds heroin if truly wanting to eliminate illegal drugs? Perhaps the DEA should seize the White House under forfeiture laws.

  • My husband served a two year mission around Davao city when Duterte was mayor in the 90’s and he says he was the most corrupt politician imaginable, and he was well known to have his political opponents murdered. He knew someone personally who Duterte sent assassins to kill for some flippant reason (criticism or something). I think it might be a good idea to pay more attention to what Duterte is actually doing and why, instead of letting him hide behind a “I’m tough on drugs” stance.

    • XMagma1

      If in fact all your accusations are accurate, then I agree. I believe did say, he, in my opinion, was not concerned with peoples human rights, and though I have heard too… that he was, in fact, corrupt… I also have heard that many in Davao thought he cleaned that city up. If he is a murdere, let him face Filipino justice.

  • Seerightthere!

    Seagull is such a joke, look at that dyed black goatee and not laugh, can’t do it can you?

    • 808Americans



  • Outstanding! Same kind of law needs to be done in the USA, then gutter maggots like the Antifa and BLM Punks would not exist, they would be maggot food.

  • Alison420

    Segal is a phony POS IMO.
    Not newsworthy.

    • USA#1

      You are wrong, he is a rare case in holyshoot against drugs.

    • Stephen Seagull? Oh, you mean that old washed up, hair plugged, phat guy, has been, that never was that still dies his “hair” jet black? That guy? [/rolleyes]

    • Bill Jordan

      You may be right… but… he is truly a renowned master of Aikido.

  • ghettotrashracistnegro

    Hmmm, why is a sexual-predator like Steven Seagal over in the Philippines, allegedly scouting a location for an upcoming movie against drugs? Perhaps attempting to deflect attention from his sexual-predation, ala Harvey Weinstein?

    • USA#1

      Don’t believe all that sexual predator CRAP

      • ghettotrashracistnegro

        why do you think his wives left him? he’s a sexual degenerate…

        • Bill Jordan

          Arent we

          • ghettotrashracistnegro

            no. maybe in our dreams…

      • Deny

        NEITHER DO I!

    • marcthepig

      He’s probably there scouting for little boys.

      • ghettotrashracistnegro

        he’d be in Thailand then. he prefers very young Asian – this case, Philippine – women…

  • Okie

    good thang !

  • kilimanjaro

    Res ipsa loquitur!

    • USA#1

      Ora pro nobis. Stupitus