THE DUTERTE FILE

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Born

28 March 1945 in Maasin to a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily. His fa­ther was once a pro­vin­cial gover­nor and his mother a teacher. He trained as a lawyer, ris­ing to be­come a state pros­e­cu­tor, be­fore be­com­ing the mayor of Davao in 1988. Twice mar­ried, four chil­dren.

Best of times

Gained wide­spread pop­u­lar sup­port for trans­form­ing Davao from “mur­der city” to the safest place in the Philip­pines.

Worst of times

Threat­en­ing to leave the UN af­ter it crit­i­cised his “war on drugs” as a crime un­der in­ter­na­tional law. Since the start of his pres­i­dency, gov­ern­ment fig­ures show po­lice have killed close to 3,500 “drug per­son­al­i­ties”, while more than 2,000 oth­ers have been killed in drug-re­lated crimes and thou­sands more killed in un­ex­plained cir­cum­stances.

What he says

“For­get the laws on hu­man rights. If I make it to the pres­i­den­tial palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug push­ers, hold-up men and do-noth­ings, you bet­ter go out. Be­cause I’d kill you. I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay and fat­ten all the fish there.” Cam­paign rally speech.

What oth­ers say

“One thing about my brother is he is hard-headed. The more you tell him not to do it, the more he will do it. He needs to tone down on his anger. He needs anger man­age­ment.” Em­manuel Duterte, New York Times

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