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 island of the country to hold the office. He is chair of the ruling PDP–Laban party. At 71 years old, 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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  • Bridging The Infrastructure Investment Gap Through Foreign Aid: A Briefer On Chinese ODA – Analysis
    Eurasia Review

    Bridging The Infrastructure Investment Gap Through Foreign Aid: A Briefer On Chinese ODA – Analysis

    The state visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to China in October 2016 was a historic date for Philippines-China relations as it ushered in a new era of ties between the two nations. Chinese President Xi Jinping warmly welcomed President Duterte and agreed to normalize diplomatic relations as well as resume bilateral dialogues on the issue of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute. As a result, the Duterte administration was able to sign thirteen cooperation agreements with the Chinese government and secure financial assistance and investment pledges worth USD 24 billion, with business-to-business contracts amounting to USD 15 billion and official development assistance (ODA) comprising the remaining USD 9 billion.

  • 'BuyBust': Film Review
    The Hollywood Reporter

    'BuyBust': Film Review

    An elite squad is forced to fight its way out of a gang-controlled Philippine slum in Erik Matti's furious and ultraviolent action thriller. Among the recent batch of Philippine movies about the Southeast Asian country's so-called war on drugs, BuyBust is a rare beast: It actually invites the viewer to root for cops who shoot, stab, pummel and behead people in a poverty-stricken shantytown. The veteran Philippine genre-meister's ultraviolent action blockbuster goes beyond easy moral binaries to highlight how Duterte's warped worldview has made monsters out of everyone from the police to the peddlers to the ordinary people in between, all of them doing the bloody bidding of a corrupt political class.

  • China won't allow Philippines to fall into a 'debt trap': envoy
    Reuters

    China won't allow Philippines to fall into a 'debt trap': envoy

    China will not allow the Philippines to fall into a "debt trap", even as it has committed itself to handing out loans and grants to help finance the Southeast Asian country's massive infrastructure projects, Beijing's ambassador said on Tuesday. Speaking at the groundbreaking of two bridges in the capital funded by a Chinese grant, Ambassador Zhao Jianhua assured the Philippines his country's financial aid had no strings attached. "China's loans to finance infrastructure projects will not make the Philippines fall into a debt trap", Zhao added.

  • Duterte Push to Alter Constitution Bombs With Majority of Voters
    Bloomberg

    Duterte Push to Alter Constitution Bombs With Majority of Voters

    Two-thirds of Filipino voters remain opposed to President Rodrigo Duterte’s push to change the constitution and give more power to regional governments, according to a new poll. The Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey conducted last month found that 62 percent of voters rejected federalism and 67 percent opposed changing the constitution, although 28 percent said they might be open to it in the future. The poll is a sign that Duterte faces an uphill battle pushing through the first change to the Philippines constitution since the overthrow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, and follows a Social Weather Stations survey showing his popularity falling to its lowest during his two year rule.

  • The Week (RSS)

    Trump's latest dictator-bro is apparently Turkish President Recep Ergodan

    President Trump counts Xi Jinping as a "good friend," boasts of his "great relationship" with Rodrigo Duterte, and has an autographed Elton John CD to gift to Kim Jong Un. On Monday, he met one-on-one with Vladimir Putin for more than two hours, after basking in the Russian president's apparent praise for months.

  • Relationship of Malaysia and Philippines at its "best level" after Duterte visits Mahathir
    The Star

    Relationship of Malaysia and Philippines at its "best level" after Duterte visits Mahathir

    PETALING JAYA: The relationship between Malaysia and the Philippines is "at its best level", said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) after President Rodrigo Duterte paid a courtesy call to Tun Dr Mahathir at Putrajaya Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and President Rodrigo Duterte "expressed their fulfillment" of the excellent current state of bilateral relations. "The call today was held in a warm and constructive atmosphere, symbolising the close ties shared by Malaysia and the Philippines," the PMO said in a statement on Monday (July 16). The statement said Duterte, who was on a working visit to the country from July 14 to 16, paid a courtesy call to Dr Mahathir at the PMO in Putrajaya.

  • Pacquiao, the Philippines hero still king of the ring at 39
    AFP

    Pacquiao, the Philippines hero still king of the ring at 39

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, who won back the welterweight world title in stunning fashion on Sunday, is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacquiao knocked out Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur to be crowned World Boxing Association welterweight champion at the age of 39.

  • Duterte offers flimsy apology for calling God stupid as popularity plunges
    DailySabah

    Duterte offers flimsy apology for calling God stupid as popularity plunges

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he was "sorry" for calling God stupid, which has triggered public outrage in the predominantly Catholic country. But the 73-year-old leader stressed that he was only apologizing to his "all-forgiving" God and nobody else. "If it's the same God, I'm sorry," he said in a meeting with religious leaders on Tuesday night. "Sorry, God." "I only apologize to God, nobody else," he added. "If I wronged God, then he would be happy to listen my apology. Why? My God is all-forgiving. Why? He does not remember past hurts. Why? Because God created me to be good, not to be bad." In the video of the meeting released on Wednesday, Duterte also said that critics should

  • President Trump shares flattering letter from Kim Jong Un after North Korean diplomats skip meeting with U.S. counterparts
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    President Trump shares flattering letter from Kim Jong Un after North Korean diplomats skip meeting with U.S. counterparts

    “I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement,” Kim wrote, according to translation provided by the White House.

  • Duterte pressed to assert 2016 arbitration victory vs China
    Associated Press

    Duterte pressed to assert 2016 arbitration victory vs China

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came under renewed pressure Thursday to seek Chinese compliance to an arbitration ruling that invalidated China's claims to much of the South China Sea two years ago but has been ignored by Beijing and remains unenforced.

  • Gulf News

    Duterte signs law imposing tighter penalties for 'hazing'

    Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law banning ritual violence in schools and imposed higher penalties on individuals and authorities who condone and conceal such activities. The president, late Wednesday, signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 (Republic Act 11053) which prohibits all forms of ritual violence, known as “hazing” in fraternities, sororities, school and youth organisations as well as in military and police training institutes. Over the years, dozens of young lives had been lost, sometimes by accident, from ritual violence in schools and by youth groups. The latest victim was a college student, Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, who died from beatings he suffered last

  • 'Philippines, Province of China' signs stir anger on anniversary of arbitration win
    Reuters India

    'Philippines, Province of China' signs stir anger on anniversary of arbitration win

    MANILA (Reuters) - Banners calling the Philippines a “province of China” mysteriously appeared on bridges in Manila on Thursday, sparking fury on social media on what was the second anniversary of Manila's victory over Beijing in a landmark arbitration case. The terms “province of China” and “South China Sea” trended prominently on Twitter, while news reports of the sudden appearance of the red tarpaulin banners along key thoroughfares generated thousands of shares and comments on Facebook. No group claimed responsibility for the banners, which feature English and Chinese characters and a Chinese flag flanked by dragons. City authorities were seen removing some of them, which were spotted in