President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Wants to Kill 3 Million Drug Addicts
[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte]: – Born March 28, 1945 – Wants to Kill 3 Million Drug Addicts; Profile of “Rodrigo Duterte in September 2016”, who became the 16th President of the Philippines, Incumbent Assumed office June 30, 2016.
Vice President Leni Robredo Preceded by Benigno Aquino III, also Mayor of Davao City, dates in office June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016, Preceded by Sara Duterte and Succeeded by Sara Duterte In office June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010, Preceded by Benjamin C. de Guzman and Succeeded by Sara Duterte In office February 2, 1988 – March 19, 1998, Preceded by Jacinto T. Rubillar, and Succeeded by Benjamin C. de Guzman Vice Mayor of Davao City In office June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013, and Preceded by Sara Duterte Succeeded by Paolo Duterte In office May 2, 1986 – November 27, 1987, and Officer in Charge Preceded by Cornelio P. Maskariño and Succeeded by Gilbert G. Abellera Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Davao City’s 1st district In office June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2001, and Preceded by Prospero Nograles and Succeeded by Prospero Nograles.
Personal details Born “Rodrigo Roa Duterte” March 28, 1945 (current age to said date is age 71) at location of Maasin, Leyte, Philippines with a Political party of PDP–Laban (present). Other political affiliations Kabataang Makabayan (within year of 1970s), Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (late 1990s), Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (2011–present), Spouse(s) Elizabeth Zimmerman (m. 1973; ann. 2000), Domestic sexual partner/wife Cielito Avanceña Children 4 (including Paolo and Sara) and Residence in location of Bahay Pagbabago and was Alma mater Lyceum of the Philippines University (A.B.), San Beda College (LL.B.).
[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte]: In a speech on Thursday, Duterte announced his country’s “separation” from the US, in terms of “military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost,” he said. He stopped short of saying he would revoke treaty commitments with the US, and the White House has said it has received no official requests to change its cooperation with the Philippines. On Wednesday, to hundreds of cheering Filipinos in Beijing, Duterte said his country’s foreign policy would continue veering toward China.
[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte]: “I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there,” Duterte said. “So time to say goodbye my friend.” Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte (born March 28, 1945), also known as Digong, is a Filipino politician and jurist who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines. He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office, and the fourth of Visayan descent.
[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte]: Duterte studied political science at the Lyceum of the Philippines University, graduating in 1968, before obtaining a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. He then worked as a lawyer and was a prosecutor for Davao City, a highly urbanized city on Mindanao island, before becoming vice mayor and subsequently, mayor of the city, in wake of the Philippine Revolution of 1986. Duterte was among the longest-serving mayors in the Philippines, serving seven terms and totaling more than 22 years in office.
[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte]: Duterte’s political success has been aided by his vocal support for the extrajudicial killing of drug users and criminals. Human rights groups have documented over 1,400 killings allegedly by vigilante groups occurring in Davao between 1998 and May 2016; the victims were mainly drug users, petty criminals and street children. Duterte denied any involvement in the said vigilante groups. In a January 2016 decision by the Office of the Ombudsman on the investigation conducted by the Commission on Human Rights on the alleged death squad in Davao between 2005 and 2009, the Ombudsman found no evidence to support “the killings attributed or attributable to the Davao Death Squad, much less the involvement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte” to said acts.
[President Rodrigo Roa Duterte]: On May 9, 2016, Duterte won the Philippine presidential election, garnering 16,601,997 votes (39.01% of total votes cast, and 6.6 million votes ahead of closest rival Mar Roxas). His domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War. Following criticism from United Nations human rights experts that extrajudicial killings had increased since the election, he threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the UN and form a new organization with China and African nations. His administration has also vowed to pursue an “independent foreign policy” that would reject any meddling by foreign governments. On July 20, 2016, Pulse Asia released a poll conducted on July 2–8 which showed that 91% of Filipinos trust Duterte, making him the most trusted official in the Philippines since Pulse Asia started its trust surveys.
“America has lost now. I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow,” he told business leaders in Beijing on Thursday. “And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way.”
At a news conference in Laos in September, he called US President Barack Obama a son of a bitch, when asked what he would say if Obama was critical about his anti-drug efforts, which critics say violate human rights. Since Duterte took office, hundreds of drug dealers and users have been killed in police operations.
US-Philippines relations have been in a death spiral ever since the Obama administration started voicing concern over Duterte’s tactics in dealing with drug crime.
Manila didn’t like Washington’s stance one bit, and Duterte issued a series of fiery remarks warning Obama to stay out of it and stop dictating Philippines policy.
He’s been touting the economic and political benefits of a relationship with China ever since. “What kept us from China was not our own making. I will charter a new course,” the Philippine leader said as quoted by the PhilStar.
The two countries are expected to sign over two dozen of agreements, including the above-mentioned South China Sea concession – a massive step for China, which was defiant in the face of a Hague court ruling in July, dictating that no one could be the sole claimant of the territories.
It’s unclear how Duterte’s latest statement could alter ties with the United States. Asked to respond to the announcement Thursday, US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said the United States and the Philippines share a long list of security interests and a 70-year history of “rich people-to-people ties.”
And the United States is one of the Philippines’ strongest economic partners, she said. US companies have invested more than $4.7 billion in the Philippines.
“In this venue, your honours, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
“Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.”
Duterte’s efforts to engage China, months after a tribunal in the Hague ruled that Beijing did not have historic rights to the South China Sea in a case brought by the previous administration in Manila, marks a reversal in foreign policy since the 71-year-old former mayor took office on June 30.
His trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5 billion in deals would be signed during the China trip.
In comments that sparked global outrage, he told reporters he had been “portrayed to be some cousin of Hitler” by his critics.
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” he said.
“At least Germany had Hitler. The Philippines wouldn’t.”
Mr Duterte – who got his statistics wrong, as Hitler massacred six million Jews – said he wants to “finish the problem of my country and save the next generation”.
Foreign policy under Duterte has dramatically shifted from that pursued under predecessor Benigno Aquino, who took Beijing to an international tribunal over its extensive territorial claims in the South China Sea – where it has built artificial islands capable of hosting military facilities – and won a resounding victory.
The move infuriated Beijing. But Duterte, who took office in June shortly before the tribunal ruling, has made a point of not flaunting the outcome.
He has also suspended joint US-Philippine patrols in the South China Sea, and has threatened an end to joint military exercises.
The South China Sea is of intense interest to Washington and it has repeatedly spoken out on the various territorial disputes between China and its neighbours over the strategically vital waters.
In 2012, China seized control of Scarborough Shoal, a fishing ground in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
Tensions have risen between the US and China over Washington’s so-called “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific, a move that Beijing says is intended to contain it.
Duterte was scheduled to meet with Premier Li Keqiang later in the day.