Current president of the Philippines. Born in the year 1945.
Was elected to a six-year term in May 2016. Took office on June 30.
Known by the nickname Digong. A lawyer and politician of Visayan descent.
President Duterte is almost incorrigible when it comes to attaching curse words to statements he utters publicly, especially in front of the media when the cameras are rolling. The habit endears him to Filipinos who are tired of the politically correct, but two-faced, pretentious and pandering politicians.
In context, President Duterte on President Obama: “I do not want to pick a quarrel with Obama, but certainly I would not appear beholden to anybody…”
In the first four months of his term, President Duterte has made impressive progress in asserting Philippine sovereignty and dignity in the international arena, in aligning the country with Asian values instead of Hollywood-manufactured cultural norms, in the fight against drugs, in uplifting the status of indigenous peoples and of our Muslim brothers in the south, in putting an end to endo, in putting on notice corrupt government officials, and in securing fishing privileges for Filipinos in waters that China has been claiming as its own. He has also secured financial support from Japan and promises from Russia.