(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
PersonalBirth date: March 28, 1945Birth place: Maasin, Southern Leyte, PhilippinesBirth name: Rodrigo Roa DuterteRead MoreFather: Vicente Duterte, lawyer and politicianMother: Soledad (Roa) Duterte, teacherMarriage: Elizabeth Zimmerman (annulled in 2000) Children: with Elizabeth Zimmerman: Paolo, Sebastian and Sara; with Honeylet Avanceña: VeronicaEducation: Lyceum of the Philippines University, B.A.,1968; San Beda College, J.D.,1972Religion: Roman Catholic Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things. Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.Speaking at a business forum in Manila in December 2016, Duterte admitted killing suspected criminals during his time as mayor of Davao City.Hide Caption 1 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.The day after Trump won the US presidential election in November 2016, Duterte said he and Trump share some traits.Hide Caption 2 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.After reports emerged of a potentially blocked arms sale, Duterte told CNN Philippines in November 2016 that he would turn to Russia for weapons.Hide Caption 3 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.During a state visit to China in October 2016, Duterte announced his economic and military ‘separation’ from the US.Hide Caption 4 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.In October 2016 Duterte expressed growing hostility with the US president.Hide Caption 5 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.After US president Barack Obama said he would raise extrajudicial killings in a meeting with Duterte, the Philippines President responded angrily on September 5, first in English then in Tagalog. As a result, Obama canceled the meeting.Hide Caption 6 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.As he addressed troops at the country’s Armed Forces Central Command Headquarters on August 5, Duterte recounted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country, saying in Tagalog that he was feuding with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.Hide Caption 7 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.The Philippines president-elect effectively said he supported vigilantism against drug dealers and criminals in a nationally televised speech in June 2016.Hide Caption 8 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.Foreign diplomats weighing in on Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks did not sit well with the then-mayor. Hide Caption 9 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.Duterte apologized to the Pope after cursing him for the traffic he caused during a 2015 Papal visit to the Philippines. Hide Caption 10 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.In September 2016, Duterte likened himself to the Nazi leader and announced that he wants to kill millions of drug addicts. Hide Caption 11 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.Speaking at a press conference to unveil his new cabinet on May 31 2016, Rodrigo Duterte said journalists killed on the job in the Philippines were often corrupt.Hide Caption 12 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.During the third and last presidential debate, Duterte had said that he would plant a Philippine flag in disputed territories should China refuse to recognize a favorable ruling for the Philippines.Hide Caption 13 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.Duterte made international headlines in April 2016 with his inflammatory comments on the 1989 rape and murder of an Australian missionary that took place in Davao City.Hide Caption 14 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.He also lashed out at the womens’ group that filed a complaint against him before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).Hide Caption 15 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.At a CNN Philippines Townhall event in February 2016, Duterte, admitted that he had three girlfriends and a common-law wife. His marriage to Elizabeth Zimmerman was annulled due to his womanizing, but he denied this meant he objectified women. Hide Caption 16 of 17 Photos: Rodrigo Duterte has said some outrageous things.Although he later denied the accusations, the former Davao City mayor admitted his links to the alleged Davao death squad in a May 2015 broadcast of his local television talk show. Hide Caption 17 of 17Other FactsDuterte was mayor of Davao City for seven terms and 22 years, although not consecutively.His father was the governor of unified Davao and a member of President Ferdinand Marcos’ cabinet.Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte, is the mayor of Davao City. Once compared himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would kill millions of drug addicts.Cursed Pope Francis for traffic problems caused by the pontiff’s visit to the Philippines.For decades, he has allegedly been tied to “death squads” in Davao City.Has declared that he will urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging in the Philippines.Timeline1977-1986 – Special counsel, and then city prosecutor of Davao City. 1986-1988 – Vice-Mayor of Davao City.1988-1998 – Mayor of Davao City.1995 – After Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino domestic worker, is hanged in Singapore for murdering her co-worker in 1991, Duterte leads protestors in burning the Singapore flag. 1998-2001 – Becomes a congressman representing Davao City’s 1st District.2001-2010 – Mayor of Davao City.April 6, 2009 – Human Rights Watch publishes the findings of its “Davao Death Squad” investigation, scrutinizing more than two dozen killings that occurred in 2007 and 2008. Findings show no direct link to the killings and Duterte but do provide evidence of a complicit relationship between government officials and members of the DDS.May 24, 2015 – He vows to execute 100,000 criminals and dump their bodies into Manila Bay.April 2016 – Duterte comes under fire after making a controversial comment during a campaign rally about a 1989 prison riot that led to the rape and murder of a female missionary. According to a CNN Philippines translation of the video, he says, “they raped her, they lined up to her. I was angry she was raped, yes that was one thing. But she was so beautiful, I thought the mayor should have been first. What a waste.” His party issues an apology, but Duterte later disowns it.May 30, 2016 – The Philippine Congress officially declares Duterte the winner of the May 9th presidential election after the official count is completed. Photos: Photos: Newly inaugurated Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte (center left) stands next to outgoing leader Benigno Aquino (center right), during the departure ceremony for Aquino on June 30, 2016. Hide Caption 1 of 7 Photos: Duterte (left), also known as ‘The Punisher’ from his term as mayor of Davao City, has promised a ruthless and controversial war on crime as the chief focus of his six-year term.Hide Caption 2 of 7 Photos: Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo also took the oath of office on Thursday, calling for unity across the country following what became a divisive election.Hide Caption 3 of 7 Photos: Large crowds turned out to show their support to Duterte in Manila on June 30. Duterte won the 2016 election with 39% of the vote.Hide Caption 4 of 7 Photos: In the lead up to the inauguration, Duterte came into conflict with both the Catholic Church and the independent press, who weren’t allowed into the ceremony.Hide Caption 5 of 7 Photos: Despite remaining popular in the Philippines, analysts have speculated the new, unpredictable president could lead to cooler ties between the United States and the Philippines.Hide Caption 6 of 7 Photos: Outgoing Philippines president Benigno Aquino (center), who was elected in 2010 for a six year term, told CNN Philippines he hoped he had left the Filipino population feeling empowered.Hide Caption 7 of 7June 30, 2016 – Takes office as president.August 5, 2016 – In a speech, he claims he told US Secretary of State John Kerry that US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg is a “gay son of a bitch.”September 7, 2016 – Duterte and US President Barack Obama meet briefly in Laos while attending the yearly Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. The two were scheduled to meet prior for bilateral talks regarding the South China Sea, but Obama canceled their meeting as Duterte’s fiery rhetoric escalated.September 15, 2016 – A witness, Edgar Matobato, testifies before a Philippine Senate committee, claiming he is a member of Duterte’s alleged “Davao Death Squad,” and that the Philippine president gave orders to kill drug dealers, rapists and thieves. The committee was set up to probe alleged extrajudicial killings in the three months since Duterte became president.October 4, 2016 – The Philippines and the United States begin joint military exercises in Manila for what Duterte claims will be the final time under the decade-long landmark Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.October 20, 2016 – Duterte announces at the PH-China Trade & Investment Forum, “In this venue I announce my separation from the US; militarily, [but] not socially, [and] economically.”November 29, 2016 – Nine members of Duterte’s security team are injured after their convoy is hit by an explosive device in advance of a planned visit by the president to Marawi City.December 12, 2016 – Admits to killing suspected criminals during his time as mayor of Davao City.November 9, 2017 – Ahead of APEC meetings with regional leaders, Duterte tells a group of Filipino expatriates, in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, that he stabbed someone to death when he was 16.November 13, 2017 – US President Donald Trump and Duterte “briefly” discussed human rights and the Philippines’ bloody war on drugs during their closed-door conversation, the White House announces. However, the spokesman for Duterte tells reporters that “human rights did not arise” during the meeting.February 8, 2018 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it is opening a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines regarding extra-judicial killings. The examination “will analyze crimes allegedly committed … in the context of the ‘war on drugs’ campaign,” specifically since July 1, 2016. Duterte’s spokesman tells reporters that the president “welcomes this preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused of the commission of crimes against humanity.”December 5, 2018 – The ICC reports that they have a “reasonable basis to proceed with the preliminary examination” into the alleged extra-judicial killings of thousands of people since July 1, 2016. March 17, 2019 – The Philippines officially leaves the ICC. The action, taken after a 12-month waiting period required by ICC statute, follows an initial announcement made March 14, 2018.October 5, 2020 – Duterte reveals he has a chronic neuromuscular disease. In a speech in Moscow, he tells a crowd of Filipinos living in the Russian capital he had myasthenia gravis, which he describes as a “nerve malfunction,” reports CNN Philippines.March 12, 2020 – Duterte places Metro Manila under community quarantine from March 15 to April 14 to contain the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the metropolis. March 23, 2020 – The Senate, in a 12-0 vote, approve a bill declaring the existence of a national emergency and granting Duterte additional powers to address the COVID-19 crisis. The additional powers will remain in effect for at least three months or until the state of calamity in the entire country is lifted.
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