Rodrigo Duterte is now ‘only’ the Philippines’ 12th longest-serving President
Rodrigo Duterte rose to power in June 2016 on a call for an end to what he described as “slaughter” by criminals and his promise to eradicate the illegal drugs trade.
He was elected on a platform of ending crime and corruption, and ordered troops to put down a rebellion in the country’s southern island of Mindanao.
He stunned the world after he threatened Donald Trump at a press conference on the sidelines of the Asean regional forum in Manila.
The Philippines has a population of 92 million, and ranked 115 out of 176 on Human Development Index
Duterte beat presidential rival and former Senator Grace Poe in 2016 with more than 10 million votes
The Philippines economy grew at 6.3% in the first quarter of 2018. The Philippines remained the fastest-growing economy of the G7 group of advanced economies
Duterte’s election to the presidency at the age of 72 was the first time a frontrunner in a presidential election was more than 60 years old
“I’ll use the full force of the law against drug pushers, gang leaders and all criminals”
– Statement, 26 June 2016, Presidential Palace, Manila
Duterte later insisted that he would not execute drug dealers but rather execute them after a series of killings.
Duterte previously served as mayor of Davao, where he was known for his ferocious war on crime, but said there would be no expulsions from the military
About 2,300 suspected drug offenders have died in police operations
Duterte claimed to have received 600 death threats and 47 body bags to deliver to police
The cities of Macau and Hong Kong imposed temporary bans on Filipinos gambling in casinos
In December 2017, he sought police help to flush out Islamic State fighters in Mindanao
More than 1,500 ISIS fighters are said to be in the southern Philippines’ provinces of Sulu and Mindanao, awaiting orders to fight in the Middle East