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Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte in September 2016
16th President of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Vice President Leni Robredo
Preceded by Benigno Aquino III
Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2013 â€“ June 30, 2016
Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte
Preceded by Sara Duterte
Succeeded by Sara Duterte
In office
June 30, 2001 â€“ June 30, 2010
Vice Mayor Luis C. Bonguyan (2004-2007)
Sara Duterte (2007-2010)
Preceded by Benjamin C. de Guzman
Succeeded by Sara Duterte
In office
February 2, 1988 â€“ March 19, 1998
Vice Mayor Dominador B. Zuño, Jr. (Acting) (1988-1992)
Luis C. Bonguyan (1992-1995)
Benjamin C. de Guzman (1995-1998)
Preceded by Jacinto T. Rubillar
Succeeded by Benjamin C. de Guzman
Vice Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2010 â€“ June 30, 2013
Mayor Sara Duterte
Preceded by Sara Duterte
Succeeded by Paolo Duterte
In office
May 2, 1986 â€“ November 27, 1987
Officer in Charge
Mayor Zafiro L. Respicio
Preceded by Cornelio P. Maskariño
Succeeded by Gilbert G. Abellera
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives
from Davao City’s 1st district
In office
June 30, 1998 â€“ June 30, 2001
Preceded by Prospero Nograles
Succeeded by Prospero Nograles
Personal details
Born Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(1945-03-28) March 28, 1945 (age 71)
Maasin, Leyte, Philippines
Political party PDP–Laban (present)
Other political
Kabataang Makabayan[1] (1970s)
Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (late 1990s)
Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Zimmerman (m. 1973; ann. 2000)
Domestic partner Cielito Avanceña
Children 4 (including Paolo and Sara)
Parents Vicente Duterte
Soledad Roa
Residence Bahay Pagbabago[2][3][4]
Alma mater Lyceum of the Philippines University (A.B.)
San Beda College (LL.B.)
Website Official website

I am well. Do not worry about my health.
Destiny is not designed by mere mortals like us. It is crafted by God.
Even money has a price.
I slap people in public, especially erring policemen. I can even challenge them to a duel. I am a gunfighter.
Rodrigo Duterte
What you should worry about is how you suffer here on this planet. You do not worry about suffering after you make the exit.
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I don't mind giving 5,000 pardons a day.
Steel is needed everywhere.
I do not like the way oppressed Filipinos are being treated now. They are oppressed and have no one to turn to.
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I've always hated oppression.
I will retire with the reputation of Idi Amin.
Sometimes, my mouth can get the better of me.
I will flight for the people until my last breath.
No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.
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Whoever said I hated the media?
I need to control my mouth.
I'm fine with gays. I have nothing against gays.
Let me be very clear: my friendship with my friends ends where the interest of the country begins.
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I have no cancer. I have four illnesses, but they are not fatal.
I have this deep and abiding faith in God. But this does not mean that you have to have a religion or follow somebody.
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For the record, I believe in God, but I do not believe in religion, period.
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As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.
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Everyone gets sick, and everyone has to go.
My worry is how to protect the Filipino.
For every profanity, there's a story behind it. People should go beyond my cussing.
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You have to support the government, not to me personally; I do not want anyone cultivating loyalty to me. I don't like that.
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God does not discriminate against people, regardless of color, religion, social class, or gender and sexual preferences.
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If you're a public official, your life is an open book.
Gamble until you die. I do not really care.
If you are an upright journalist, nothing will happen to you.
Fate has many faces.
The state must protect the media. In a democracy, the role of media is very important. In the absence of a credible opposition party, you can rely on the media.
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You cannot prevent me from talking. I am exercising my right to free speech.
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I just want everybody to follow the law.
I only want three children for every family. I'm a Christian, but I'm a realist, so we have to do something with our overpopulation. I will defy the opinion or the belief of the Church.
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I am a lawyer and 22 years the mayor of Davao City. I served as congressman of the first district for one term, and I was vice mayor to my daughter, Inday.
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To all my political opponents, all and sundry, not only the presidential bets, I would like to offer my hand to friendship.
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I wear cheap shoes. I don't even wear socks.
I really do not know. I really do not know how to solve the problem of the Philippines. I cannot be the savior of this republic.
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We have a society now where obedience to the law is really a choice, an option only.
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Lawyers are for only what is right.
I don't want anyone controlling me.
Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines.
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I have to build a new environment for the people. I will place them in ecozones and provide them assistance. I will build hospitals there. There will be economic activity.
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Freedom of expression is very important.
Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us.
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It is really the angling in the media that I do not like. That is how media can be rotten.
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I would rather die early than enter Malacanang.
Relax. I am not the man I am portrayed to be by some.
The only reason there is peace and order in Davao is because of me.
Human rights must work to uplift human dignity.
I've always said that God will somehow enlighten me.
Rich people are afraid to die.
I have to address the economic conditions of everybody, including, and perhaps first, those who are poor.
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You cannot prevent me from talking. I am exercising my right to free speech.
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I am a man of many flaws and contradictions.
From day one, I told people there are consequences for not abiding by the law.
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I am just an ordinary man.
Many are asking what my credentials are and what I can do for the Philippines. They are telling me that they heard I am a womanizer. That is true. That is very true.
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I don't care if you will get angry with me, but I am not open to a compromise. Contractualization must go. It is anti-people.
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