‘Trump of the Philippines’ is new president
He’s an authoritarian who said he’d like to kill drug users.
Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of southern Davao city, had secured more than 14.4 million votes, according to a count of 87 percent of precincts nationwide. The closest of his four main rivals, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, had 8.6 million votes.
“All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you,” Duterte, 71, a former prosecutor, told a rally. “I have no patience, I have no middle ground, either you kill me or I will kill you idiots.”
Statements such as that have won him the nickname “Duterte Harry,” a reference to the Clint Eastwood movie character “Dirty Harry” who had little regard for rules. He has also been compared to Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican presumptive presidential nominee.
Duterte is known for jokes about sex and rape, talking often about his Viagra-fueled sexual escapades, and for undiplomatic remarks about Australia, the United States and China, all key players in the country’s politics. He has threatened to dismiss thePhilippine Congress and form a revolutionary government if he is confronted with uncooperative legislators.