Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte, also known as Digong, is a Filipino politician and jurist who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines.
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He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office, and the fourth of Visayan descent.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Interview with Rappler (Oct 26 2015) by Filipino Patriotism
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.
Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government, and the analysis of political activity and political behaviour.
The Lyceum of the Philippines University is an institute of higher education located in Intramuros in the City of Manila, Philippines.
San Beda College and is a private Roman Catholic Benedictine college run by the Benedictine monks in the Philippines.
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 wake of the Philippine Revolution of 1986.
Duterte was among the longest-serving mayors in the Philippines, serving seven terms and 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 criminals.
The term drug user refers to a person who consumes a drug, either by swallowing, smoking, injecting or any other method of introducing the drug into the blood stream.
An extrajudicial killing is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process.
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.
A vigilante is a civilian or organization acting in a law enforcement capacity without legal authority.
A misdemeanor or misdemeanour is any "lesser" criminal act in some common law legal systems.
Duterte denied any involvement in the said vigilante groups.
In a January 2016 decision by the Office of the Ombudsman on the investigation conducted by the Commission on Human Rights on the alleged death squad in Davao between 2005 and 2009, the Ombudsman found no evidence to support "the killings attributed or attributable to the Davao Death Squad, much less the involvement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte" to said acts.
A death squad is an armed group that conducts extrajudicial killings or forced disappearances of persons for the purposes of political repression, genocide, or revolutionary terror.
On May 9, 2016, Duterte won the Philippine presidential election, garnering 16,601,997 votes.
His domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War.
The illegal drug trade is a global black market dedicated to the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of drugs that are subject to drug prohibition laws.
The Philippine Drug War, officially named Oplan Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang, is a campaign against illegal drugs in the Philippines.
Drug wars or drug war may refer to:
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.
Human rights are moral principles or norms, which describe certain standards of human behaviour, and are regularly protected as legal rights in municipal and international law.
China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia.
His administration has also vowed to pursue an "independent foreign policy" that would reject any meddling by foreign governments.
On July 20, 2016, Pulse Asia released a poll conducted on July 2–8 which showed that 91% of Filipinos trust Duterte, making him the most trusted official in the Philippines since Pulse Asia started its trust surveys.
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Pulse Asia Research Inc. is a public opinion polling body in the Philippines.