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Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte (born March 28, 1945), also known as Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician who is the 16th President of the Philippines, in office since 2016. He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office, and the fourth of Visayan descent.


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

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed two more men to the Consultative Committe (Con-Com) to study revisions to the 1987 Constitution. The two new members are retired Navy commodore Rex Robles and lawyer Jose Martin Loon. Duterte signed their appointment papers on ...
On April 10, 2018, President Xi Jinping met with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines at Boao State Guesthouse in Hainan Province. Xi Jinping pointed out that the China-Philippines relations have opened a new chapter since President Rodrigo Duterte has assumed office. China stands ready to ...

Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday lawmakers must "fast-track" the impeachment of the nations top judge, further stacking the odds against her staying in office. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is one of several high-profile critics who has found themselves in ...
(CNN) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has effusively praised China and its strongman President Xi Jinping on the eve of attending Beijing's signature Boao Forum. Speaking in Manila on Monday prior to his trip to China, Duterte said the Philippines needed to deepen ties with Beijing because China ...
Hong Kong Police Force is taking no chances with this week's visit of Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial Philippine president. Heavily armed counterterrorism units will patrol the streets, a rarely used anti-explosives vehicle capable of jamming radio signals will be deployed, as will members of the elite VIP ...
The parent company of Cambridge Analytica helped put Philippines' leader Rodrigo Duterte into office after already influencing voters in dozens of campaigns across the globe, according to media reports and information pulled from the firm's website. Strategic Communications Laboratories, or SCL Group, ...

MANILA, Philippines — As he leads a bloody war on drugs that has left scores dead, President Rodrigo Duterte has started a new battle, with “new targets,” a Filipina United Nations expert whom the government accused of terrorism said. In a petition filed in a Manila court last month, the Department of ...
MANILA, Philippines — A group of concerned Maranaos appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the planned establishment of an economic zone and a military camp in the war-ravaged city of Marawi. In a statement Friday, Ranaw Multi-Sectoral Movement lamented that the residents of Marawi have ...
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Filipino faithful to renew their relationship with God and fellow countrymen this Holy Week. "As we put our hands together in prayer, may we use this as an opportune time to rekindle our religious fervor and cherish our time-honored traditions as a pious people ...
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he will fire more officials upon his arrival in Manila, following up on his campaign promise to weed out corruption in the government. Duterte made the remarks in his native Cebuano during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and ...
President Rodrigo Duterte has extended financial aid to the families of the victims of a bus crash in Sablayan town in Occidental Mindoro that left 19 people dead and 21 others injured. Duterte was in Sablayan town, Occidental Mindoro to visit not only the crash site but also the victims of the road mishap, ...
The killings are the latest in a long and bloody war on drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte since he came to power in 2016. Duterte has authorised police to crack down on illegal drug use, urging them to kill suspects and promising to protect them from prosecution. He has also endorsed murderous ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged other nations to follow his move to quit the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. Duterte lashed out at the war crimes tribunal days after his government notified the United Nations of his decision to withdraw the ...
MANILA — Denouncing what he called efforts to paint him as a “heartless violator of human rights,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that the Philippines was withdrawing from the treaty that established the International Criminal Court. The Hague-based court said last month that it was ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fuelled an extraordinary war of words with the United Nations by saying that their human rights team should be fed to crocodiles if they came to investigate his controversial war on drugs. It followed a week in which he had called Agnes Callamard, UN Rapporteur on ...
The warning signs were all there. But Maria Ressa says “I never saw it coming.” The founder and driving force behind the Philippines news organisation Rappler admits to surprise when President Rodrigo Duterte effectively declared war on her journalists and heralded with it the biggest threat to freedom of ...
DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte made a surprise visit to Barangay Bucana here early Sunday and chatted with the village's residents, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go. In a Facebook post, Go said the President also provided financial help to unspecified number of residents in ...

GENEVA -- The United Nations' human rights chief suggested Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte "needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation" over his "unacceptable" remarks about some top human rights defenders. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein demanded that the Human Rights ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping a regional summit in Australia this month, his spokesman said Monday, as he faces international censure for Manila's deadly drug war. Duterte's decision to snub the meeting comes after he said he would not cooperate with United Nations investigators ...
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippines' police and soldiers not to cooperate in any investigation into his bloody war on drugs, amid international calls for an external probe. Western countries and rights groups have expressed alarm over the killing by police of more than 4,000 Filipinos since ...
DAVAO CITY—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged the police and the military to revisit the way they handle security on the country's roads, particularly in areas where the peace and order situations appear to be shaky. Duterte suggested that instead of a permanent checkpoint, the military and the ...
More than 30 mostly Western countries have called on the Philippines to allow the UN expert, Agnes Callamard, to look into the thousands of killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal 19 month-old crackdown. Callamard's specialist areas under the United Nations are extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary ...
An opposition senator in the Philippines said the death toll in the government's war on drugs has now surpassed 20,000 since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office in 2016. In a speech before the Philippine Senate on Wednesday, Antonio Trillanes said the Duterte administration's own report shows ...
Or he could do what Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte did last week — and urge his citizens to forgo condoms during intercourse because "they don't feel good." The subject arose during a characteristically bizarre digression in a speech to Filipino workers back just from Kuwait. Hundreds of Filipino ...
Human rights groups, rebels and indigenous activists have accused Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of inciting the military to commit war crimes after he offered a $384 bounty for each communist rebel killed. Duterte's "incendiary rhetoric" encourages violations of conventions on armed conflicts, ...
MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine strongman who has earned a reputation for dirty tactics and language, was criticized on Monday for having boasted that he had ordered soldiers to shoot female communist guerrillas in the genitals. “Tell the soldiers, 'There's a new order coming from the ...
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened a preliminary investigation into Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's “war on drugs.” The campaign has led to nearly 4,000 deaths since its beginning in July 2016. The ICC will look into whether crimes against humanity have been committed and ...
Last month, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, opened a preliminary examination into a complaint by a Filipino lawyer of suspected extrajudicial killings during President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign, which could amount to crimes against humanity. In response, Duterte announced last week he was ...
MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the troops during the 121st anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army on March 20, 2018 in Taguig City. ... PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will spend his 73rd birthday on Wednesday, March 28, in his home province in Davao City without a "lavish" party, ...
The Philippine Supreme Court chief justice vowed to fight “bullying” and save judicial independence as President Rodrigo Duterte's congressional allies launched an impeachment process Thursday to remove her from office. Voting 38-2, the House of Representatives justice committee said there was ...
Al Pacino's ferocious anti-hero Tony Montana, who stops at nothing to rise from Cuban immigrant to powerful drug lord, is now foul-mouthed Rodrigo Duterte, a president seemingly stopping at nothing – mowing down human-rights charters and racking up a body count in the thousands – to free his country ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday “genocide” was taking place in Myanmar and he was willing to accept Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing from it, though Europe should help too. The United Nations and rights groups say some 700,000 people, most of them Rohingya, have fled from ...
Manila, Philippines - Thirty-two years since it ousted its last dictator, the Philippines faces the possibility of having another one. As the country commemorated the "People Power" revolution of 1986, more than 1,000 people gathered on Sunday at the event's memorial to condemn President Rodrigo Duterte ...
Last week, the US intelligence community, in their Worldwide Threat Assessment report, listed President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the leaders in Southeast Asia who continue to pose a “threat” to democracy and human rights. The assessment suggested the 72-year-old leader could “suspend” the country's ...
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte hoped the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution will foster "unity and solidarity" among Filipinos. In his message released on Saturday, February 24, Duterte said he joins the entire nation in commemorating the historic event, which he ...
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to summon the agency that recruited slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the summon order n Saturday, February 24, a day ...
MANILA, Philippines – Overwhelmingly led by Filipino youth, thousands of students, artists, and activists took to the streets on Friday, February 23, from Luzon to Mindanao as a sign of protest against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The nationwide protest seeks to raise awareness on ...
Philippines Summons US Envoy Over President Rodrigo Duterte 'Threat' Report. US envoy Sung Kim met Duterte's chief aide on Thursday to discuss the US "Worldwide Threat Assessment" released last week, the two nations said. World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: February 23, 2018 17:54 IST. 2 Shares. EMAIL.
MANILA: A year after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says she believes justice is coming. Senator Leila de Lima has been pursuing Duterte for almost a decade, beginning with allegations he directed a death squad ...
President Donald Trump has been compared to Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte by Amnesty International, as they warn that his policies in the US are fuelling repression around the world. Mr Trump was accused of ushering in “a new era of human rights regression” and charged, along with other ...
An opposition senator in the Philippines said the death toll in the government's war on drugs has now surpassed 20,000 since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office in 2016. In a speech before the Philippine Senate on Wednesday, Antonio Trillanes said the Duterte administration's own report shows ...
Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has told the country that they should not be using condoms because “they aren't pleasurable”. Duterte told a crowd of migrant workers that they should “avoid condoms because condoms aren't pleasurable” while talking about the current population boom the country is ...
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tried to allay fears over China's construction of military bases on man-made islands in the South China Sea, saying they are a defence against the US, not made to attack Asian states. “It's not intended for us,” he said in a speech to Chinese-Filipino businessmen on ...
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Republic of Palau President Thomas Remengesau who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on February 15, 2018. Albert Alcain, Presidential Photo. MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday met ...
Rodrigo Duterte, whose controversial remarks have become routine, has invited the Lumad people of the southern Philippines to shoot members of the New People's Army (NPA), the longest-running communist insurgency. “I'm placing a premium ... 25,000 pesos ($603),” he said. “If you work really hard to ...
Human rights groups, rebels and indigenous activists have accused Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of inciting the military to commit war crimes after he offered a $384 bounty for each communist rebel killed. Duterte's "incendiary rhetoric" encourages violations of conventions on armed conflicts, ...
THE Office of the Ombudsman confirmed Thursday, February 15, that the investigation on complaints filed against President Rodrigo Duterte was already closed. The statement came two days after Solicitor General Jose Calida announced that the Ombudsman already ended its probe into the supposed ...
Boracay's sewerage problems have enraged Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte.Source:Supplied. WITH its white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, it's little wonder Boracay has become Australia's favourite destination in the Philippines. The island is considered so beautiful, Conde Nast Traveller ...
MANILA, Philippines -- Human rights groups condemned the Philippine president on Tuesday for saying that troops should shoot female communist rebels in the genitals to render them "useless," which they said could encourage sexual violence and war crimes. The left-wing group Karapatan said ...
MANILA (UPDATE) - The government's top lawyer on Tuesday said the Senate should no longer pursue its investigation into the alleged hidden wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte as it would only be a "waste of time." Solicitor General Jose Calida said the inquiry into the President's wealth had been ...


 

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