Since then he has been involved in debates on complex issues related to the bloody war against drugs and his statements that are widely viewed as controversial and degrading.
He has also been criticized by the international community for human rights activists who see many of his policies violating human rights.
Although he has been criticized for his actions and being condemned by the international community, he has continued to be a popular figure in his native Philippines.
Executing drug users
The earliest years of Duterte's rule as president, were marked by the relentless repression of people accused of selling or using drugs.
He called on the public and the police to step up their efforts to deal with them, including killing the suspects. This has led to thousands of people having been killed after people taking the law into their own hands in the fight against drugs.
With over 3 million drug users in the Philippines, President Duterte says he will be 'happy to slaughter them'.
The president says his strong stance is crucial in completely eradicating the illicit drug trade and that he sees it as possible and has not given up, swearing to 'kill' everyone involved in the business.
In the short time since he launched his anti-drug program after coming to power it was reported that around 6,000 people were killed by the Police, mob justice and soldiers hired from abroad.
The United Nations, the Catholic Church, the European Union and the United States have repeatedly been forced to condemn the leader's policies, which violate basic human rights. Local activists have also been critical of the ongoing killings in the country.
He once confessed to killing people with his own hands
In one of the most emotional interviews with the BBC, in late 2016, President Duterte once confessed to shooting and killing three people while he was mayor of Davao city.
He said: "I killed about three people ... I don't know how many bullets came out of my gun and went into their bodies. It happened and I can't lie about this."
The controversy started early when he told traders who arrived at the White House that "When I was in Davao I was killing myself. Just showing the Police that if I can do that why should they fail."
"I used to talk to people in Davao on the motorcycle, on the bike to check the condition of things on the street, to see if there was a problem. I was checking to see if there was a problem so I could deal(kill) with it."
Duterte's controversial statements and annoying jokes
Despite increasing criticism, Duterte, who is known for making complex statements, has been responding to blows and showing resilience.
He has threatened to withdraw from the United Nations, after which he said he was joking and called UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "a fool". He also called the European Union (EU) "hypocrites" while delivering his speech and also pointing the middle finger, which is described as insulting.
The Corona virus pandemic increasingly reflects the true character of Duterte
With an estimated 1.3 million corona patients, the Philippines is battling a serious Covid 19 infection that is affecting Asia and the world at large. The president has been cracking down on people who do not want to be vaccinated and last week he said citizens who do not want to be vaccinated against Corona should stay in their homes.
He said his country has taken steps to vaccinate those who want to receive the vaccine while adding that those who do not want to be vaccinated if they die then he does not care.
As of June, only 2.1 million people in the country had been vaccinated out of the 70 million people targeted for vaccination this year.
For President Duterte that is a problem and he made it clear to people who refuse to be vaccinated he will arrest them.
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