Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte, known as Digong, was born on March 28, 1945. He was a Visayan descent and many did not know that he is a lawyer and currently elected Philippine national President. He is the first president who came from Mindanao.
Duterte is among the longest-serving mayors in the Philippines and has been Mayor of Davao City, a highly urbanized city on Mindanao island, for seven terms, totalling more than 22 years. He has also served as vice-mayor and as congressman for the city.
Nicknamed “The Punisher”, vigilante groups tied to Duterte are thought to be responsible for the executions of drug traffickers, criminals, gang members and other lawless elements. Over a period of 20 years, he turned Davao City from the “murder capital of the Philippines” to what tourism organisations now describe as “the most peaceful city in southeast Asia,”
Spouse: Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman (m. 1973–2001), Honeylet Avancena
Children: Sara Duterte, Paolo Duterte, Veronica A. Duterte, Sebastian Z. Duterte
Siblings: Jocelyn Duterte, Blue Boy Duterte, Benjamin “Bong” Duterte
Previous offices: Vice-Mayor of Davao City (2010–2013).