“They raped all of the women … There was this Australian lay minister … when they took them out … I saw her face and I thought: ‘Son of a bitch. what a pity … they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” Duterte told the crowd, according to AFP.

Confusingly, Duterte also said the words were “not a joke” but spoken due to his “utter rage” over the incident he described. “I said it in the heat of anger,” he told reporters outside his home Sunday…

Duterte’s abrasive yet populist style has earned comparisons with Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump, who has also had to deny accusations of misogyny following controversial comments during campaign events. Duterte shies away from the analogy, though. “It’s one thing to be loudmouth but another to be a bigot.” Duterte told TIME of Trump.