RODRIGO DUTERTE WINS IN HISTORIC VICTORY! TOUGH-TALKING, SWEARING MAYOR, WILL BE 16TH PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT!
Defying all conventional wisdom in politics, and in social norms, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte swept into historic victory Monday to become the country's first local mayor to be elected as President, without holding any posts in the national scene.
And, he is probably the only one, who has no qualms swearing in public, on camera, or before the press.
Duterte, also has no problem admitting, albeit at times indirectly, having summary executed many drug dealers in his city. His personal liquidation squad, the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS), had been feared for decades in Davao.
Although Duterte briefly served as a Congressman representing Davao, due to term limits, he had been known as a local political leader in Davao for more than 30 years.
This set a historic precedence in Philippine politics as most, if not all Presidents, ran for the presidency from a national position in the government as their spring board - like Vice Presidents, Senate Presidents, Senators, or powerful members of the Cabinet. With the exception perhaps of Corazon Aquino, who ran for President as a plain housewife in 1986, though using the national battle cries of her assassinated husband, then a former Senator.
Duterte won a landslide victory over his rivals, Mar Roxas, former Senator and Cabinet Member, Grace Poe, a Senator, and Jejomar Binay, the country's incumbent Vice President.
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