President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said that he is sure of "karma" since he has paid for his wrongdoings in the past, including killing criminals.
In a speech during the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals & Organizations Overseas, Duterte said he does not enjoy killing but that he had to do it.
"All the bad things I committed in the past, pinagbayaran ko yan. I know somehow that I was repaying my debts to God for doing something sometimes wrong, but you know just as killing," he said.
Duterte on Monday night admitted to "personally killing" suspected criminals when he was still mayor of Davao City.
"I do not enjoy killing my kind but I have to protect the 4 million [drug addicts]. It must be stopped," he said.
Duterte also assured law enforcers anew that he will take responsibility for his war on drugs.
“I assume full responsibility and if I have to go to hell may I rot in jail for all times," he said.