Rodrigo Duterte

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Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte (2009).jpg
Mayor of Davao City
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Preceded by Sara Duterte-Carpio
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Benjamin C. De Guzman
Succeeded by Sara Duterte-Carpio
In office
February 2, 1988 – March 19, 1998
Preceded by Jacinto T. Rubillar
Succeeded by Benjamin C. De Guzman
Vice Mayor of Davao City
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Sara Duterte-Carpio
Succeeded by Paolo Duterte
In office
May 2, 1986 – November 27, 1987
Preceded by Cornelio P. Maskariño
Succeeded by Gilbert G. Abellera
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Davao City's First District
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2001
Preceded by Jesus Dureza
Succeeded by Prospero Nograles
Personal details
Born Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(1945-03-28) March 28, 1945 (age 69)
Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman (separated)
Children Paolo Duterte
Sara Duterte-Carpio
Sebastian Z. Duterte
Veronica A. Duterte
Alma mater San Beda College
Lyceum of the Philippines University

Rodrigo Roa Duterte[1] (born March 28, 1945) is a Filipino politician and the current Mayor of Davao City in the Philippines.

Early life and education[edit]

Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 at Maasin, Southern Leyte to Vicente G. Duterte, who served as Governor of Davao and Soledad Roa, a school teacher and a civic leader.

He spent his elementary days at the Sta. Ana Elementary School in Davao City, where he graduated in 1956. He finished his secondary education at the Holy Cross of Digos. For his tertiary education, he took up a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, where he graduated in 1968. He also obtained a law degree from San Beda College in 1972. In the same year, he passed the bar exam.

Soledad R. Duterte is the mother of the former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and widow of the late Vicente Duterte who served as Provincial Governor from 1959 to 1965. Mrs. Duterte was born on November 14, 1916 in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte to Eleno Roa and Fortunata Gonzales. She finished her elementary and secondary education in her native town. She pursued her college education at the Philippine Normal School in Manila in 1939. She was connected with the Bureau of Public Schools as a teacher when she met and married lawyer Vicente Duterte of Cebu. The Dutertes came to Davao in 1951.Vicente as a lawyer engaged in private-practice, while Soledad as a teacher taught in the public school. Mrs. Duterte, however, but retired as a supervisor in 1952 when her lawyer-husband joined politics. She left government service owing to the demands of a politician-husband. As wife of the governor, she became familiar with the social and economic problems of the people, especially the out-of-school youth, women, children and the disabled.

Political life[edit]

After the 1986 People Power Revolution, Duterte was appointed officer-in-charge vice mayor. In 1988, he ran for mayor and won, serving until 1998. He set a precedent by designating deputy mayors that represented the Lumad and Moro in the city government, which was later copied in other parts of the country. In 1998, because he was term-limited to run again for mayor, he ran for the House of Representatives and won as Congressman of the 1st District of Davao City. In 2001, he ran again for mayor in Davao and was again elected for his fourth term. He was reelected in 2004 and in 2007. In 2010, he was elected vice mayor, succeeding his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who was elected as mayor.

Under Duterte's leadership, Davao City has maintained its peace and stability. The city's crime rate dropped so dramatically that local tourism organizations dub it as "one of the most peaceful cities in Southeast Asia".[2] Duterte, who has been nicknamed "The Punisher" by Time magazine,[2] has been criticized by human rights groups and by Amnesty International for tolerating extrajudicial killings of crime suspects.[2][3][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Personal Data from URL last accessed 2006-10-14.
  2. ^ a b c Zabriskie, Phil: The Punisher, Time magazine (Asia edition), June 24, 2002. URL last accessed 2006-10-12.
  3. ^ Amnesty International Press release ASA 35/004/2002: Philippines: Protect the community from crime - but not at the cost of human rights, July 23, 2002. URL last accessed 2006-10-12.
  4. ^ Amnesty International Pacific, document ASA 35/001/2005: Philippines: Sharp rise in "vigilante" killings as human rights activist’s death remains unsolved, February 1, 2005. URL last accessed 2006-10-12.
  5. ^ Amnesty International: Worldwide Appeals - Philippines: Sharp rise in 'vigilante' killings, The Wire, 35(3), April 2005. URL last accessed 2006-10-12.

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