Critics fear the president’s pledge to break the grip of the central government is just another move towards authoritarian rule. But analysts say they needn’t fear – to make good on his promise he will need an unlikely 12-0 victory.
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.