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Timeline – The Turbulent Term of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that he will retire from politics, paving the way for his daughter to run for the presidency in next year’s election.

Here is a timeline of some of the major events of Duterte’s tenure:

May 2016: Duterte, former mayor of the city of Davao and nicknamed “The Punisher” for his anti-drug campaign in the city, has been elected the 16th President of the Philippines by focusing almost entirely on crime, drug abuse and corruption.

Once in power, Duterte supports the war on drugs by police, which officials say kills more than 6,100 suspected drug dealers. The United Nations says thousands of people have been killed in the Philippines since mid-2016 amid “close to punishment” for inciting violence by police and top officials. Duterte’s spokesman says the “reconsidered claims” of impunity are unfounded.

October 2016: On his first visit to China, Duterte turned his back on the Philippines’ decades-long ties with the United States in a Beijing court, declaring its separation from the United States, saying “America has lost”.

Duterte says Manila and Beijing will resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks, which will soften the situation in the past Philippine. He describes the 2016 arbitration decision on the South China Sea that went in favor of the Philippines as just a “piece of paper” that he could throw in the trash.

May 2017: Duterte shortened his visit to Moscow when Filipino soldiers and Islamic fighters clashed in Marvi. The siege of Maravi lasted five months. By September, the conflict had displaced some 350,000 people and resulted in over 1,000 deaths.

Duterte declared a state of martial law covering the entire island of Mindanao, which lasts until the end of 2019, the longest period of martial law in the Philippines since the 1965-86 Marcos era.

July 2017: As part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” initiative, Duterte aims to usher in a golden age of infrastructure through a six-year, $180 billion spending spree to modernize and build airports, roads, railways and ports. has promised.

February 2018: The International Criminal Court (ICC) conducts a preliminary inquiry into the thousands of deaths during Duterte’s war on drugs. The following month, Duterte announced his intention to withdraw the Philippines from the ICC. Withdrawals become official in March 2019.

May 2019: The elections resulted in Duterte retaining his hold on the House of Representatives and seeing him control the Senate, the only effective check on his administration.

January 2020: Duterte says he will end a 1998 agreement that allows US troops to operate in the Philippines, although the withdrawal period has been extended. In February 2021, he says the US will have to “pay” to keep the deal and reinstate it in July.

September 8, 2021: Duterte has accepted his party’s nomination for the post of vice-president in next year’s election. He has been barred by the Constitution from seeking a second term and his interest in a largely ceremonial post has been rejected by opponents to stay in office and avoid possible legal action against him. A prosecutor at the International Criminal Court is still investigating Duterte over his war on drugs.

October 2, 2021: Duterte announced that he would not run for the post of Vice President, but would retire from politics.

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