Brought to power on crime pledge

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Decades fight­ing crime as a pros­e­cu­tor and mav­er­ick mayor paved the way for Ro­drigo Duterte’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, dur­ing which he won huge sup­port among Filipinos weary of high crime and drug-ad­dled neigh­bour­hoods. The 71-yearold se­cured close to twice the num­ber of votes of his near­est ri­val in May, be­fore tak­ing to of­fice in late June. Even in the days be­fore he was sworn in, he threat­ened crim­i­nals: “If you de­stroy my coun­try, I will kill you.” Duterte is known for his pro­fan­ity­laced speeches and curses, with his brash style likened to that of Don­ald Trump, al­though he de­tests the com­par­i­son and says the Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire is a bigot.

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