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2016, August 1.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 16th President of the Republic

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Singles,  Sheets of  40;  Souvenir Sheets of One




17p  President Duterte Oath Taking - Singles  (150,000) 


Souvenir Sheets of One  (10,000)

55p Oath Taking with Family Members


First Day Covers:  Manila







President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 16th President of the Republic

Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte  (born March 28, 1945), also known by the nickname Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent serving as the 16th President of the Philippines since 2016.  He is the first Mindanaoan president of the country.

Duterte was among the longest-serving mayors in the Philippines and was Mayor of Davao City, a highly urbanized cityon Mindanao island, for seven terms, totaling  more than 22 years. He has also served as vice-mayor and as congressman for the city.

Nicknamed "The Punisher" by Time, an alleged vigilante group called the Davao Death Squad has been tied to Duterte by human rights organizations and are responsible for the extrajudicial killings of petty criminals and drug dealers.  Over a period of 20 years, he turned Davao City from the "murder capital of the Philippines" to what tourism organisations now describe as "the most peaceful city in southeast Asia," and what ranks as the world's fourth safest place.  Nonetheless, Duterte has drawn criticism from various sources, particularly the press and the Philippine National Police leadership in the Aquino government, which contest the effectiveness of his policies.

Duterte was urged to run for the Philippine presidency numerous times, but he refused these offers until well into 2015 on the grounds of a "flawed government system", old age and opposition from his family.  Nevertheless, on November 21, 2015, he declared his candidacy in the 2016 election contest for the office of the President of the Philippines, and won with a landslide victory, garnering 16,601,997 votes (39.01% of total votes cast, and 6.6 million votes ahead of closest rival Mar Roxas).  Duterte took office on June 30, 2016, for a term of six years.





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