My take: Our Filipino writers talk about the year in politics

Top three points 1. Duterte denies Duterte, as he is popularly known, is President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, but Philippine senator-elect Francis Tolentino alleges that Duterte gave him a post to work for him in his…

My take: Our Filipino writers talk about the year in politics

Top three points

1. Duterte denies Duterte, as he is popularly known, is President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, but Philippine senator-elect Francis Tolentino alleges that Duterte gave him a post to work for him in his peace-keeping effort in the Middle East, which Tolentino refused to accept. Tolentino alleges that Duterte proposed Tolentino to be his running mate and nominated someone else for his running mate. Duterte confirmed he had made the offer, but said it would never happen.

2. During Duterte’s tumultuous term as mayor of Davao City, 50-year-old vigilante members of his security forces were accused of killing more than 2,000 people. Duterte gave few details of the allegations but dismissed the accounts as untrue. At the time, Duterte said his fighters “had to move around and kill all those drug-dealers and pushers. I had to protect the city and my wife and my family”.

3. Duterte offers no apologies for a suggestion that he has sex with abandoned fetuses. Some have compared his homophobic slurs with those of Donald Trump. In a video taped at a gathering in Davao in 2016, Duterte declared: “Some of my friends, when they see a baby left with a mama that is delinquent, we’ll just pick up the baby and we’ll just f–k the mother … We don’t even care.”

Regime change

3 December: Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidential election against the liberal favorite Benigno Aquino. Duterte is elected with 53% of the vote.

1 May: Philippine police arrest Rodrigo Duterte, who is presumed to be running for president, on drug-smuggling charges.

15 July: Duterte says it was “still possible” that he would run for president again in 2022.

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