|The Honorable Rodrigo Duterte|
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To this day, it is my firm belief that the impressive progress and much success of Davao City over the years and all the other unique qualities that make Davao City what it is today is largely due to the strong and benevolent leadership of none other than its former mayor, The Honorable Rodrigo R. Duterte, (now vice-mayor), and equally the peace-loving disciplined Dabawenyos who faithfully support him and for whom Duterte has dedicated his entire life as the city's most loyal public servant.
Duterte was just like any other kid according to Nanay Soleng but adventurous in ways that other kids would not even dare or venture into. He was always out of the house looking for some action elsewhere. When Duterte was a young teenager at age 14, he piloted a small plane hovering about the neighborhood to the consternation of his parents. He was such a problem child that his father exiled him to Digos, Davao del Sur, where he finished high school in Holy Cross of Digos in 1966. Duterte graduated law at San Beda College in Manila under Class 1972, and passed the bar examination in the same year. He then had a short stint as lecturer on Criminal Law, Criminal Evidence and Criminal Procedure at the Philippine National Police Academy Regional Training Center XI before joining the government as prosecutor at the Davao City Prosecution Office from 1977 to 1986. He was then appointed officer-in-charge (OIC) vice mayor and had served as special counsel where he prosecuted cases involving police and military personnel, including subversion and rebellion cases filed against alleged members of the New People's Army (NPA), until he became assistant fiscal after the 1986 EDSA Revolution in Manila - a popular non-violent uprising known as "People Power Revolution" (February 22-25, 1986) that overthrew the 20-year dictatorship of President Ferdinand E. Marcos and installed Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino as President, mother of now incumbent President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" C. Aquino III.
Even while Martial Law was still in effect in the entire country at that time, Duterte was known to be fearless, recommending prosecution of abusive police and military personnel. He is never afraid of criminals. He was even known to have kicked a man in the chest inside the court room which landed him in jail.
"Digong", as his closest friends call him, or "Rody", or simply, "Duterte", may have ruled Davao City with what some call "iron-fist", and rid the city of criminals. His hatred for criminals changed Davao City; from the "Murder Capital of the Philippines" to the "One of the Most Peaceful Cities in the Philippines". Under his leadership, Davao earned a string of awards, both local and international, year after year. Duterte, who has been nicknamed "The Punisher" by Time magazine, has been criticized by human rights groups and by Amnesty International for tolerating extrajudicial killings of corrupt officials and criminals, but unknown to many, deeply hidden behind all the tough persona lies a kindhearted man with an ever soft spot for the poor, whose plight he has always championed. His effectively governance has not only brought prestige, and honor, but also the much needed investments to the city which now provide numerous jobs to all Dabawenyos. Duterte has also implemented landmark laws and city ordinances being the ever first mayor in the Philippines to enforce a city-wide ban on smoking in public places. He also banned the use of fireworks in the city. He strictly implemented a policy that prohibits selling of alcoholic drinks from 2AM to 6AM. He also created the first and only 911 Emergency hotline in all of Asia - a search and rescue unit, and fire and medical emergency response teams for Davao City.
Date of Birth: March 28, 1945
Place of Birth: Maasin, Southern Leyte
Father : Gov. Vicente G. Duterte (deceased)
Mother : Soledad R. Duterte
Marital Status : Married
Name of Children : Paolo, Sara, Sebastian, and Veronica
Occupation : Lawyer
School : San Beda College - Class 1972 - Bar 1972
Elementary - Sta. Ana Elementary School, Davao City (1956)
High School - Holy Cross of Digos, Davao Sur (1966)
College - Bachelor of Arts in Lyceum of the Philippines, graduated 1968, and Bachelor of Laws
at the San Beda College, graduated, 1972
Lecturer on Criminal Law, Criminal Evidence & Criminal Procedure, Police Academy Regional Training Center XI, 1973
Special Counsel – City Prosecution Office, Davao City, 1977-1979
Fourth Assistant City Prosecutor, City Prosecution Office, Davao City, 1979-1981
Third Assistant City Prosecutor, City Prosecution Office, Davao City, 1981-1983
Second Assistant City Prosecutor, City Prosecution Office, Davao City, 1983-1986
Vice-Mayor,Davao City, 1986 - 1988
Elected City Mayor, Davao City, 1988 - 1992
Re-elected City Mayor, Davao City, 1992 - 1995
Re-elected City Mayor, Davao City, 1995 - 1998
Elected Congressman, 1st District of Davao City, 1998 - 2001
Elected City Mayor, Davao City, 2001 - 2004
Re-elected City Mayor, Davao City, 2004 - 2007
Re-elected City Mayor, Davao City, 2007 - 2010
Elected Vice Mayor, Davao City, 2010 - Present
Affiliations in Organization
Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Member, Davao Lions International - Chinatown chapter
Member, Davao Practical Shooting Association
Member, On Any Sunday Riders
Davao City Awards and Citations:
* MOST CULTURE-FRIENDLY CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (2009)
* ONE OF THE 20 MOST LIVABLE CITIES IN ASIA
In the annual survey made by Asiaweek on the 40 Best cities in Asia, Davao City has unfailingly made it to the top for four consecutive years (1996-1999).
* THE PHILIPPINES’ MOST LIVABLE CITY
One of the Only Three Areas in the World to have the Integrated emergency Response System 911 as Top 25 Best Practices in the Philippines.
Davao City is one of only three areas in world, after the United States and Canada to have the Integrated Emergency Response System 911, a fully computerized response system linking the people of the city to the emergency resources of the government.
Davao City received an award for its Project 911 from the League of Cities in the Philippines in 2003, as one of the Top 25 Best Practices in the Philippines.
* TOP DESTINATION OF THE YEAR, Kalakbay Awards (1997)
* CLEANEST AND GREENEST HIGHLY-URBANIZED CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Davao City received an award of excellence from the Office of the President as the 1st Runner-up in the Cleanest and Greenest Highly-Urbanized City in the Philippines-Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran Awards 2004, and the second runner up for three consecutive years in 2001-2003.
* CLEANEST AND GREENEST CITY IN 1999
Davao City was awarded the Cleanest and Greenest City in 1999 for its clean and green program that focus on environmental rehabilitation, protection and conservation, intensification of solid waste management program, pollution control, re-greening of the urban areas, forest and watershed management.
* MOST CHILD-FRIENDLY CITY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Davao City came out as the runaway choice for the coveted spot in the first-ever selection of the Most Child-Friendly City in the Philippines in 1988 and 1999 due to its local government’s programs and initiatives directly benefiting the children.
It has also won nods for the initiative to pass a landmark legislation - the Davao City Children’s Welfare Code of 1994, the first of its kind in the country, specifically geared towards addressing the rights, services and protection of children, therefore upholding their welfare and interests in high regard.
* MOST COMPETITIVE CITY TO DO BUSINESS IN THE PHILIPPINES
In 2002, Davao City was recognized as the Most Competitive City to do Business in the Philippines by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center and the Department of Trade and Industry in their assessment of Philippine Cities Competitiveness. In 2003, Davao was also chosen 3rd Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippine Cities Competitiveness ranking.
* MOST GENDER RESPONSIVE LGU IN THE PHILIPPINES
Gawad Galing Pook 2004 Awardee
National Commission on the Rights for Women (NCRFW) Award for Gender Responsive Local Governance 2005
* HALL OF FAME, BEST PEACE AND ORDER COUNCIL IN THE PHILIPPINES
The National Peace and Order Council of the National Police Commission placed Davao City in the Hall of Fame in 2004 for winning Best Peace and Order Council in Region XI for three consecutive years (1999-2002). It is recognition of Davao City’s sustained and exemplary accomplishments in implementing programs and projects of the Peace and Order Councils (POC’S) at various levels.
* MOST OUTSTANDING LGU: Regional Literacy Awards and 2nd Place in the 2005 National Literacy Awards
The Department of Education hailed Davao City as the "Most Outstanding Local Government Unit in the 2005 National Literacy Awards”, all under the Highly Urbanized City Category.
* REGIONAL GREEN BANNER AWARDEE
The National Nutrition Council of the Department of Agriculture awarded Davao City the "2004 Regional Green Banner" in recognition of the City Nutrition Committee’s exemplary performance in managing the nutrition program of the city, thereby contributing to the improvement of the nutritional status of its constituents.
* TOP GOVERNMENT WITHHOLDING AGENT
The Department of Finance, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Revenue Region 19, Revenue District No. 113, Davao City recognized the City Government for its invaluable support and contribution to RDO 113 as the "Top Government Withholding Agent" by making substantial tax payment - an act of patriotism worthy of recognition and commendation.
* TOP TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE PHILIPPINES
Davao City was chosen “Destination of the Year” by the Kalakbay Awards in 1997.
* MOST OUTSTANDING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN THE PHILIPPINES AND IN ASIA PACIFIC REGION
The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCII) was bestowed the "Most Outstanding Chamber Award for 2005" . DCCII was likewise recognized as the "Best Chamber in the Asia-Pacific Region" during a selection held in New Delhi in 2005.
* MOST OUTSTANDING KBP CHAPTER IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas acknowledged its Davao City local chapter as the "Best KBP Chapter for 2004." It was once again given recognition for winning "2nd Place for the Best Local Chapter Report."
* CLEANEST AIR IN THE WORLD-MEMBER OF THE CLEAN CITIES COALITION
In 2005, Davao City was launched as the second pilot area of the Clean Cities Program (CCP) implemented by the Sustainable Energy Development Program (SEDP), in partnership with the US Department of Energy (USDOE) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).