Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines’ president

Jul 1, 2016 10:20 IST

RodrigoDuterte Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on 30 June 2016 inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila. He will have a six-year term.

The first Mindanaoan president of the country, Duterte succeeds Benigno Aquino III.

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Firebrand leader Duterte’s anti-crime programme includes plans to reintroduce the death penalty, issuing shoot-to-kill orders to the security services and offering them bounties for the bodies of drug dealers. He has also called on people to kill suspected criminals.

About Rodrigo Duterte

• He was born in 1945 into a political family with a modest background.

• He has served the southern city of Davao, as its mayor for 22 years.

• He is also known as “Dirty Harry” and often compared to the US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

• He captured the public imagination after promising to improve security by killing 100000 suspected criminals.

• As the mayor of Davao he gained popularity across the archipelago, where crime rates dropped drastically under his leadership.

• He has also served as vice-mayor and as congressman for the city.

• He is a lawyer by profession is nicknamed as ‘Digong’, ‘The Punisher’.

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