Rodrigo Duterte

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In this Philippine name, the middle name or maternal family name is Roa and the surname or paternal family name is Duterte.
Rodrigo Duterte
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Duterte in September 2016
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 C. Bonguyan (2004-2007)
Sara Duterte (2007-2010)
Preceded by Benjamin C. de Guzman
Succeeded by Sara Duterte
In office
February 2, 1988 – March 19, 1998
Vice Mayor Dominador B. Zuño, Jr. (Acting) (1988-1992)
Luis C. Bonguyan (1992-1995)
Benjamin C. de Guzman (1995-1998)
Preceded by Jacinto T. Rubillar
Succeeded by Benjamin C. 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 L. Respicio
Preceded by Cornelio P. Maskariño
Succeeded by Gilbert G. 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
(1945-03-28) March 28, 1945 (age 72)
Maasin, Leyte, Philippines
Political party PDP–Laban (2001-present)
Other political
Kabataang Makabayan [1] (1970s)
Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (1998-2001)
Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Zimmerman (m. 1973; ann. 2000)
Domestic partner Cielito Avanceña
Children 4 (including Paolo and Sara)
Parents Vicente Duterte
Soledad Roa
Residence Bahay Pagbabago [2] [3] [4]
Alma mater Lyceum of the Philippines University ( A.B.)
San Beda College ( LL.B.)
Website Official website
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Rodrigo Duterte

President of the Philippines


Member of the House of Representatives from Davao City's 1st district

Mayor of Davao City

Vice Mayor of Davao City

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Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte (Tagalog:  [roˈdɾigo dʊˈtɛrtɛ]; born March 28, 1945), also known as Digong, [5] is a Filipino politician and jurist who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines. [6] [7] [8] He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office, and the fourth of Visayan descent. [9] At 71 years old, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency, eclipsing Sergio Osmeña's age of 65. [10]

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, a highly urbanized city on Mindanao island, 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 totaling more than 22 years in office.

Duterte's political success has been aided by his vocal support for the extrajudicial killing of drug users and other criminals. [11] According to Reuters, human rights groups have documented over 1,400 killings allegedly by vigilante groups occurring in Davao between 1998 and May 2016; the victims were mainly drug users, petty criminals and street children. [12] Duterte has alternately confirmed and denied his involvement in the killings. [13] A January 2016 decision by the Office of the Ombudsman on the alleged death squad in Davao between 2005 and 2009 found "no evidence to support 'the killings attributed or attributable to the Davao Death Squad much less the involvement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte". [14] Duterte has repeatedly confirmed that he personally killed three kidnapping suspects while Mayor of Davao in 1988. [15] [16]

On May 9, 2016, Duterte won the Philippine presidential election with 38.5% of the votes, [17] after a campaign in which he promised to defeat crime by killing tens of thousands of criminals. [18] His domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War. Following criticism from United Nations human rights experts that extrajudicial killings had increased since the election, he threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the UN and form a new organization with China and African nations. [19] He has vowed to pursue an " independent foreign policy". [20]

Early life

Duterte was born on March 28, 1945, in Maasin (now the capital of Southern Leyte but was then part of the insular province of Leyte in the Philippine Commonwealth). [21] His maternal grandfather was a Chinese immigrant from Xiamen, Fujian. [22] His father was Vicente G. Duterte (1911–1968), a Cebuano lawyer; and his mother Soledad Duterte ( née Roa) (1916–2012), was a school teacher from Cabadbaran, Agusan and a civic leader of Maranao descent. Duterte's father was acting mayor of Danao, Cebu and subsequently the provincial governor of (the then-undivided) Davao province.

Rodrigo's cousin Ronald, on the other hand, served as Cebu City mayor from 1983 to 1986. Ronald's father, Ramon Duterte, also held the position from 1957 to 1959. The Dutertes consider the Cebu-based political families of the Durano and the Almendras clan as relatives. [23] Duterte also has relatives from the Roa clan in Leyte through his mother's side. [24] Before they resettled to Davao, Duterte's family briefly lived in his birthplace in Maasin, Leyte, and in his father's hometown in Danao, Cebu, until he was four years old. [25]

The Dutertes initially moved to Mindanao in 1948 but still went back and forth to the Visayas until 1949. [26] They finally settled in the Davao Region in 1950. Vicente as a lawyer engaged in private practice, while Soledad taught in public schools as a teacher. Mrs Duterte, however, retired as a supervisor in 1952 when her lawyer-husband entered politics there.


Duterte went to Laboon Elementary School in Maasin, for a year. [24] He spent his remaining elementary days at the Santa Ana Elementary School in Davao City, where he graduated in 1956. He finished his secondary education in the High School Department of the then Holy Cross College of Digos (now Cor Jesu College) in today's city of Digos in the now defunct Davao province, after being expelled twice from previous schools, including one in Ateneo de Davao University High School due to misconduct. [23] He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the Lyceum of the Philippines in Manila. He obtained a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. In the same year, he passed the bar exam. Duterte eventually became Special Counsel at the City Prosecution Office in Davao City from 1977–79, Fourth Assistant City Prosecutor from 1979–81, Third Assistant City Prosecutor from 1981–83, and Second Assistant City Prosecutor from 1983–86.


Duterte has said that he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a minor. [27] After he was challenged by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and AdDU officials to name the priest and file a case against him, Duterte then revealed the priest's name as Fr. Mark Falvey, SJ (d. 1975). [27] The Jesuits of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines confirmed that according to press reports in the United States, in May 2007, the Society of Jesus agreed to a tentative payout of USD16 million to settle claims that Falvey sexually abused at least nine children in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1975. Accusations against Falvey began in 2002 and he was never charged with a crime. Additionally in May 2008, the Diocese of Sacramento paid $100,000 settlement to a person allegedly raped and molested by Mark's brother, Fr. Arthur Falvey. However, it was not clearly indicated in the report if Mark Falvey was assigned at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao. [28] When asked why he didn't complain when the abuse supposedly happened, Duterte claimed that he was too young to complain about the priest's abuse and was intimidated by authorities at that time. He also stated that he never disclosed that information after he was expelled and moved to a different high school and especially not to his family. [29]

Shooting of student at law school

Duterte stated at a rally in April 2016 that he shot a fellow student who had belittled him about his Visayan origin as well as other students of the same ethnicity, while at San Beda law college. He said "But the truth is, I'm used to shooting people. When we were about to graduate from San Beda, I shot a person." Duterte said that he shot the student in a corridor at the college. He later told a reporter that the student survived, but refused to answer any further questions about the incident. [30]

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