Rodrigo Duterte

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Person.png Rodrigo Duterte   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornRodrigo Roa Duterte
Maasin, Leyte, Philippines
Alma materLyceum of the Philippines University, San Beda College
Parents • Vicente Duterte
• Soledad Roa
Children • 4 (including
• Paolo
• Sara
• )
SpouseElizabeth Zimmerman
Interest ofRappler

Employment.png President of the Philippines Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
June 30, 2016 - June 22, 2022
Preceded byBenigno S. Aquino III

Employment.png Mayor of Davao City

In office
June 30, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Employment.png Mayor of Davao City

In office
June 30, 2001 - June 30, 2010

Employment.png Mayor of Davao City

In office
February 2, 1988 - March 19, 1998

Employment.png Vice Mayor of Davao City

In office
June 30, 2010 - June 30, 2013

Employment.png Vice Mayor of Davao City

In office
May 2, 1986 - November 27, 1987

Rodrigo Duterte, President of The Philippines, fulfilled a campaign promise by launching a "war on drugs" in 2016, in which thousands of people were killed. In 2017, stating that he could no longer trust law enforcement agencies, claiming that drugs threatened national security, he suggested using the Armed Forces of the Philippines.[1] He stood down from office and retired in 2022.[2]

Early Rise

During Duterte's reign as mayor of Davao City from 1988 to 2013 in a "tandem-democracy with his daughter", it had a significant decrease in crime[3] from being a conflict-ridden area between communists and right-wing groups during the 1970s and 1980s.[4] Duterte forbade clubs to operate serving alcohol after 1 AM, imposed speed limits on roads and banned smoking in public areas. Duterte was accused of running "death squads", groups of former police and army men that even went as far as burning people with the cigarettes tourists still used in public in the city.[5]

When asked what Duterte did with the criminals in Davao, he said "Kill them all". His death squad at the end of his reign was accused of killing up to over 100000 in just 20 years, including over 1000 children, coming onto the scope of the UN.[6][7]

Duterte often ruled with an iron fist, and promised to kill anyone that stood in his way if they went against his ideas to make the country better in his run for president in 2015.[8]

“I'm not claiming to be clean. I also stole a lot, but it's all used up. So, it's gone. ...corruption is really out during my term.”
Rodrigo Duterte,  Wikiquote (2017)  [9]

“If they are there in your neighbourhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun. You have my support. If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal... If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.”
Rodrigo Duterte,  Wikiquote (2016)  [9]

“Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch. Freedom of expression cannot help you if you have done something wrong...The constitution can no longer help you if you disrespect a person.”
Rodrigo Duterte,  Wikiquote (2016)  [9]


Rodrigo Duterte on drugs, death and diplomacy - Talk to Al Jazeera

Duterte's Drug War- Al Jazeera

In May 2020, Rodrigo Duterte stated that schools in the Philippines would stay shut until the development of a COVID-19 Vaccine.[10]

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