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This Happened — May 9: Rodrigo Duterte Was Elected President

On this day in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte was elected as the 16th President of the Philippines.

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How Rodrigo Duterte's War On Drugs Looks In Colombia

Beyond the Filippino leader's inciting vigilante killings of drug dealers, Colombian leaders who have long battled the narcotics trade might study his other ideas.


BOGOTÁ — Any Colombian observing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs might remember our former president César Gaviria.

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A Filipino Trump? "Duterte Harry" Eyes Presidency

A tough-talking mayor leads the polls in the Philippines, which will elect a new president in May. Rodrigo Duterte's message is simple: stop crime and corruption. But some question his methods.

MANILA — When Rodrigo Duterte addresses a rally called "Mad For Change," the crowd goes wild and chants his name. "I can't promise heaven, but I will promise you a comfortable life," the tough-talking mayor of Davao City, the fourth largest city in the Philippines, tells the crowd. "Corruption has to stop. Criminality has to stop."

His no-more-funny-business message has made him the talk of the town and a serious contender in the country's presidential race, which he didn't formally join until November. The election takes place May 9.

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