It’s not the first time Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has cursed at a world leader. He called Pope Francis a ‘son of a whore’ in May, and called US ambassador Philip Goldberg a ‘gay son of a whore’ last month. Seventy-one-year-old Rodrigo Duterte was on his seventh term as mayor of Davao City when he was persuaded to run for the highest position in the country. Duterte also known as Mayor Rody, once dubbed ‘The Punisher’ by Time magazine, is known for his iron-fisted rule and unconventional methods of fighting crime in Davao.
His 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 told ordinary Filipinos to kill suspected criminals. A lawyer who cut his teeth as long-time mayor of the major southern city of Davao, Duterte, 71, has said another central element of his law-and-order platform is to curb social freedoms with night curfews for children and a ban on alcohol sales after midnight.
He has been linked to the so-called Davao Death Squad, alleged to be behind several unsolved extrajudicial killings whose victims included children and journalists. His run for the presidency was Duterte’s first time to participate in national elections. He was first elected Davao mayor in 1988 and held the position for more than two decades. He was congressman of the first district of Davao City from 1998 to 2001.
He was born on March 28, 1945, in Maasin, Southern Leyte, to Vicente Duterte, who was governor of the undivided Davao in the late 1950s, and Soledad Roa, a teacher and civic leader. A law graduate from San Beda College, Duterte passed the bar examinations in 1973. He obtained a political science degree from Lyceum of the Philippines University in 1968. Duterte served as Davao special counsel then assistant city prosecutor in the late 1970s until the early 1980s. Under Mayor Rody’s leadership, Davao City has become the leading local government unit in the Philippines, setting the standards for the rest of the country to follow in terms of local governance and development initiatives.
Yesterday he called President Barack Obama ‘son of a whore’. He said, “”Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people,” Duterte scoffed in a speech Monday. “Son of a bitch, I will swear at you.”