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Rodrigo Duterte

KGCR
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16th President of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo
Preceded by Benigno Aquino III
Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte
Preceded by Sara Duterte
Succeeded by Sara Duterte
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan
Sara Duterte
Preceded by Benjamin de Guzman
Succeeded by Sara Duterte
In office
February 2, 1988 – June 30, 1998
Vice Mayor Dominador Zuño (Acting)
Luis Bonguyan
Benjamin de Guzman
Preceded by Jacinto Rubillar
Succeeded by Benjamin de Guzman
Vice Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Mayor Sara Duterte
Preceded by Sara Duterte
Succeeded by Paolo Duterte
In office
May 2, 1986 – November 27, 1987
Officer in Charge
Mayor Zafiro Respicio
Preceded by Cornelio Maskariño
Succeeded by Gilbert Abellera
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives
from Davao City's 1st District
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2001
Preceded by Prospero Nograles
Succeeded by Prospero Nograles
Personal details
Born
Rodrigo Roa Duterte

March 28, 1945 (1945-03-28) (age 74)
Maasin, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Political party PDP–Laban (2001–present)
Other political
affiliations
Kabataang Makabayan (1970s)
Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (1998–2001)
Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (2011–present)
Coalition for Change (2016–present)
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Zimmerman
(m. 1973; ann. 2000)
Domestic partner Honeylet Avanceña
Children 4, including Paolo and Sara
Parents Vicente Duterte
Soledad Roa
Residence Malacañang Palace
Education Lyceum of the Philippines University (B.A.)
San Beda University (LL.B.)
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Rodrigo Roa Duterte, KGCR (born March 28, 1945), also known as Digong and Rody, is a Filipino politician who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines and the first from Mindanao to hold the office. He is the chair of the ruling PDP–Laban party. Taking office at 71 years old in June 2016, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency; the record was previously held by Sergio Osmeña at the age of 65.

Born in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Duterte studied political science at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, graduating in 1968, before obtaining a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. He then worked as a lawyer and was a prosecutor for Davao City, before becoming vice mayor and, subsequently, mayor of the city in the wake of the Philippine Revolution of 1986. Duterte was among the longest-serving mayors in the Philippines, serving seven terms for a span of more than 22 years in office.

Frequently described as a populist and a nationalist, Duterte's political success has been aided by his vocal support for the extrajudicial killing of drug users and other criminals. Human rights groups have documented over 1,400 killings allegedly by death squads operating in Davao between 1998 and May 2016; the victims were mainly drug users, petty criminals and street children. A 2009 report by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights confirmed the "systematic practice of extrajudicial killings" by the Davao Death Squad. Duterte has alternately confirmed and denied his involvement. The Office of the Ombudsman closed an investigation in January 2016 stating that they found no evidence that the Davao Death Squad exists, and no evidence to connect the police or Duterte with the killings. The case has since been reopened. Duterte has repeatedly confirmed that he personally killed criminal suspects as mayor of Davao.

On May 9, 2016, Duterte won the Philippine presidential election with 39.01% of the votes, defeating four other candidates, namely Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party (23.4%), Senator Grace Poe (21.6%), former vice president Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (12.9%), and the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People's Reform Party (3%). During his campaign, he promised to kill tens of thousands of criminals and end crime within six months. His domestic policy has focused on combating the illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War. According to the Philippine National Police the death total passed 7,000 in January 2017, after which the police stopped publishing data. Following criticism from United Nations human rights experts that extrajudicial killings had increased since his election, Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the UN and form a new organization with China and African nations. He has declared his intention to pursue an "independent foreign policy", and sought to distance the Philippines from the United States and European Union and pursue closer ties with China and Russia.

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