Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo 'Rody' Roa Duterte is the 16th President of the Philippines. 
The former lawyer and mayor of Davao built a reputation on fighting crime and corruption. He has promised a zero tolerance policy against drug traffickers, organised crime and has vowed to re-introduce the death penalty.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA

Philippine government wants truce with rebels to focus on Marawi

The Philippine government said on Sunday that it would suspend offensives against communist guerrillas to reciprocate a similar plan by the insurgents and allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by fighters aligned with Islamic State (IS) that has dragged on for nearly a month in a south