Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Roa Duterte (born March 28, 1945), also known as Digong and Rody, is a Filipino politician who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines and the first from Mindanao, the southernmost major island group of the country, to hold the office. He is the chair of the ruling PDP–Laban party. Taking office at 71 years old in June 2016, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency; the record was previously held by Sergio Osmeña at the age of 65.
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  • After 'nap-gate', Duterte skips APEC summit dinner
    AFP

    After 'nap-gate', Duterte skips APEC summit dinner

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte passed on a gala dinner at a regional summit in Papua New Guinea, days after skipping key meetings in another gathering of world leaders for a "power nap". Duterte, who has a well-known disdain for stiff diplomatic gatherings, was a no-show Saturday night, sending his trade minister instead to pose with heads of state donning bright yellow and red Papua New Guinean shirts.

  • The Economic Times

    ANALYSIS-Two years after Philippines' pivot, Duterte still waiting on China dividend

    MANILA: Two years after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a divorce with old ally the United States in return for bumper business ties with China, he doesn't have much to show for it. Duterte left Beijing in 2016 with $24 billion of Chinese loans and investment pledges for his ambitious infrastructure overhaul, a few weeks after saying the Philippines was being treated like a dog by Washington and would be better off with China. But only a fraction of China's pledged support has materialised, exposing Duturte to criticisms he has been complicit in allowing China to pose threats to Philippines' sovereignty, and been left high and dry by Beijing. When Xi Jinping visits the Philippines

  • Two years after Philippines' pivot, Duterte still waiting on China dividend
    Reuters

    Two years after Philippines' pivot, Duterte still waiting on China dividend

    Duterte left Beijing in 2016 with $24 billion of Chinese loans and investment pledges for his ambitious infrastructure overhaul, a few weeks after saying the Philippines was being treated like a dog by Washington and would be better off with China. When Xi Jinping visits the Philippines this week, Duterte will need the Chinese president to put his money where his mouth is and help Duterte justify his geopolitical concessions to a historic rival, according to Richard Heydarian, a Manila-based defense and security analyst. "Otherwise, we can definitely conclude that there's really nothing much in the rhetoric and the Philippines has been taken for a ride," Heydarian said.

  • Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say
    Associated Press

    Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say

    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short his participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, officials said Friday. He has come under criticism for skipping some regional meetings earlier in Singapore.

  • philstar.com

    Duterte is China's voice in ASEAN?

    President Duterte could have served national interest just by staying in bed – for “power naps” or whatever – and not saying a word about Chinese expansionism while he was in Singapore last week for the 33rd summit meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Except for the President's absence from several summit events, everything was going on smoothly – until he showed up and started talking about China's occupation of maritime areas being claimed by the Philippines and other ASEAN members. The disputes are at the core of a Code of Conduct that the ten-member association has been drafting as guidelines for amicably resolving conflicting claims in the South China Sea, some 88 percent of which Beijing has claimed arbitrarily as its own.

  • Manila suspends classes, office work for Xi Jinping visit on Nov 20
    Coconuts Manila

    Manila suspends classes, office work for Xi Jinping visit on Nov 20

    The local government of Manila has announced the suspension of classes and work in city government offices on Tuesday, Nov 20, for the official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to a report by GMA News Online, Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada issued Executive Order 41 on Friday, Nov 16, after the Manila Police District ... The post Manila suspends classes, office work for Xi Jinping visit on Nov 20 appeared first on Coconuts.

  • Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say
    Houston Chronicle

    Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say

    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short his participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, officials said Friday. He has come under criticism for skipping some regional meetings earlier in Singapore. Duterte will attend the first of two days of annual meetings of leaders from 21 APEC countries on Saturday in Port Moresby and then fly home later in the day, a Philippine government statement said. It gave no reason for Duterte's early departure. Duterte, 73, missed some meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Wednesday in Singapore to take "power naps," according to his spokesman, Salvador Panelo,

  • Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Philippines' Duterte to cut short APEC trip, officials say

    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will cut short his participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, officials said Friday. He has come under criticism for skipping some regional meetings earlier in Singapore. Duterte will attend the first of two days of annual meetings of leaders from 21 APEC countries on Saturday in Port Moresby and then fly home later in the day, a Philippine government statement said. It gave no reason for Duterte's early departure. Duterte, 73, missed some meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Wednesday in Singapore to take "power naps," according to his spokesman, Salvador Panelo,