Current president of the Philippines. Was elected to a six-year term in May 2016. Took office on June 30. Known by the nickname Digong. A lawyer and politician of Visayan descent from the southern island of Mindanao.
In the first four months of his term, President Duterte has made impressive progress in asserting Philippine sovereignty and dignity in the international arena, in aligning the country with Asian values instead of Hollywood-manufactured cultural norms, in the fight against drugs, in uplifting the status of indigenous peoples and of our Muslim brothers in the south,, in putting on notice corrupt government officials, and in securing fishing privileges for Filipinos in waters that China has been claiming as its own. He has also secured financial support from Japan and promises from Russia.