Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte ( born March 28, 1945), also known as Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines. He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office. At 71 years old, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency; the record was previously held by Sergio Osmeña at the age of 65.
(a) 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 the 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.
His maternal grandfather was a Chinese immigrant from Xiamen, Fujian. His father was Vicente G. Duterte (1911–1968), a Cebuano lawyer, and his mother, Soledad Duterte (née Roa; 1916–2012), was a school teacher from Cabadbaran, Agusan and a civic leader of Maranao descent. (a)
Duterte’s father was mayor of Danao, Cebu, and subsequently the provincial governor of (the then-undivided) Davao province.
Let’s take a tour of his house in Davao:
Through these photos, take a tour of the house he shares with one of the women in his life and their young daughter.
Davao City Mayor and now the President Rodrigo Duterte stands outside his house. (a)
The first room after walking in from the garage.
‘The only thing I have in common with Imelda Marcos,’ Duterte jokingly says about his shoe obsession.
(a) The mayor’s masseuse waits for him in his living room.
Duterte says he loves spy novels and history books.
Pres. Duterte climbs up this spiral staircase every day to reach his bedroom.
(a) A photo of Mr. President as a toddler is displayed near the entrance to his bedroom.
Mosquitoes tend to bother him at night, hence the net.
He says he tries to exercise on this machine twice a day.
(a) This is where he does a lot of thinking, the ex-Mayor says.
Here’s a photo of his youngest child, Veronica.
A signed copy of a biography of activist and priest Louie Jalandoni sits on top of his running machine.
(a) This taxi was given to Pres. Duterte by his friends 5 years ago to enable him to go around the city incognito.
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