Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Roa Duterte, KGCR (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 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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  • Why natural disasters can lead to authoritarian rule
    Medium

    Why natural disasters can lead to authoritarian rule

    A new report details how tropical storms are fuelling the rise of authoritarian governments through relief aid distributed to citizens in the form of a 'bribe' by Sam McKain On 8 November 2013, at 4.40am, Typhoon Yolanda (aka Hurricane Haiyan) made landfall in Eastern Samar at peak capacity and proceeded to create a path of utter devastation through the Visayas, the Philippine's central island group. With wind speeds reaching a sustained velocity of over 150mph this tropical storm affected the lives of more than 14 million inhabitants in the Philippines. Using the slow response of the government as a political leveraging tool, authoritarian leaning presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte, challenged

  • Duterte spokesman says former client Sanchez ineligible for early release
    Coconuts Manila

    Duterte spokesman says former client Sanchez ineligible for early release

    From the perspective of President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, convicted killer Antonio Sanchez -- a former client -- has no legal right to time off for good behavior. Panelo said in a statement released today that Sanchez, the former mayor of Calauan in Laguna, does not stand to benefit from ...This article, Duterte spokesman says former client Sanchez ineligible for early release, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company. Want more Coconuts? Sign up for our newsletters!