This isn’t the first time Duterte has admitted to killing people.
Earlier this month, he told a business forum that he personally killed suspected criminals. Senator Leila de Lima, one of Duterte’s top critics, said the comments were tantamount to admitting he participated in a mass murder and were grounds for impeachment.
Duterte had previously been accused of killing a government official with a Uzi submachine gun.
The drug war
Though his admissions of killing, off-color comments and abrasive approach to international politics have drawn international interest and scrutiny in Duterte’s nascent presidency, it’s his drug war that affects the daily lives of Filipinos.
Tackling rising drug consumption and production was one of his key campaign planks during the country’s elections earlier this year.
Duterte promised to vigorously combat the problem and has waged a bloody campaign against the drug trade since taking office.
Nearly 6,000 people have been killed in the drug war since July, according to the Philippines National Police.
Despite the killing admissions and rising body count, Duterte remains extremely popular in the Philippines, with polls showing a high percentage of the country remains supportive and trusting of the President.