Rodrigo Duterte, as a city mayor and popularly known as “The Punisher” is set to become the 16th president of the Philippines, having a populist agenda and a promise to lessen crime and corruption.
Rodrigo Duterte won an election last May and will serve a six-year term starting June 30, 2016. He will inherit position from President Benigno Aquino a mixed bag of solid economic gains, a dysfunctional bureaucracy traced with corruption, and such unfinished talks with both Muslim and communist rebels. Duterte, at 71, is the oldest person to get the presidency and he’s also the first candidate from the southern island of Mindanao to win the post.
Duterte is a lawyer and a former prosecutor who earned the wrath of human rights groups during the campaign and admitted to having killed suspected criminals. He also promised to give cash rewards to citizens who have shot and killed drug dealers after his victory.
Despite many controversies, Duterte’s loyalists have stuck with him in defense of pinning their hopes and dreams on a southern mayor who never held national position.
“Given the sheer quantity of his statements, and the dizzying trajectory of his outbursts, it is often difficult to pin him down,” said Richard Javad Heydarian, political analyst and professor at De La Salle University in Manila, as posted in Aljazeera.
A New York-based Human Rights Watch group reported an estimated 1,000 people were killed by armed vigilantes known as the Davao Death Squad or DDS, but Duterte denied any links to the group, yet some of his supporters referred to themselves as DDS that means “Duterte Diehard Supporters”.
For now, Duterte seems to rise into unstoppable power, as with the majority of Congress and his supporters are all behind him, as well as having the chance to shape the Supreme Court.
“The key to his success is not to overreact and intelligently deploy his political capital for much-needed reforms within the boundaries of constitution,” Heydarian added.
Duterte’s 4 children will have a special place with him when he steps into Malacañang Palace on Inauguration Day.
Paolo, Sara and Baste were Duterte’s 3 grown children from his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman while Kitty was his daughter with common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña.
Each of Duterte’s children played their own roles in his presidential bid and gave their all-out support for him.
Duterte will wear a simple shirt made from pineapple fiber by a Davao fashion house,posted in Reuters.
Martin Andanar, as the Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary said that there will be nine national broadcasting companies allowed to cover the inauguration. He has not named the media firms which would be provided with proper space grounds at the palace.
Duterte’s inauguration planned to be seen in Davao City with his fellow Davaoenos as watching it in screens that would be set up in some areas.
Duterte will take oath at 12:00 noon as enshrined in the Constitution, wearing his barong and slacks.
Andanar also mentioned that finger foods to be served might be listed in the menu are “maruya” and “buko juice”. He said that there would be no such plan to an extravagant food and drinks and it will be like a “diplomatic reception” as he said that Duterte is a simple man.
Incoming presidential spokesperon Ernesto Abella also mentioned that President Benigno Aquino will welcome Duterte and will let him sign on the guest book before Aquino steps out of the palace with departure honors.
Entertainment will follow the inauguration rites presenting Freddie Aguilar and Jimmy Bondoc with their musical performances, as posted in Philstar website.