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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What was Duterte's presidential campaign platform?
Rodrigo Duterte's campaign platform for the presidency was centered around the fight against corruption, crime, and drugs. Most controversially, he urged citizens to shoot drug dealers. Duterte also pledged to strengthen the economy and improve the lives of the poor.
What was the outcome of Duterte’s election?
Duterte won the election with a significant majority, receiving over 16 million votes, which accounted for more than 39% of the total votes cast, more than 15% ahead of his nearest rival.
What are some controversial policies implemented by Duterte during his presidency?
Duterte's presidency was marked by several controversial policies, including the war on drugs, which has been criticized for alleged human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings. He has also implemented martial law in Mindanao, the southern region of the Philippines, and has been accused of curbing press freedom and human rights.