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