To his loyal supporters, Rodrigo Duterte’s brazenness and bluntness represent change.
He curses too much, and doesn’t seem to know how to sugarcoat or deliver a scripted speech.
He speaks his mind, and is unafraid to say ill things about giant countries such as the U.S., Australia, Mexico, and Singapore.
He was dubbed the “Punisher” by Time magazine, and was upfront in saying he will not dilly-dally about killing “100,000 criminals” if that would mean eradicating the crime problem in the country.
To his loyal supporters, Rody or Digong is a real-life action star.
Here are eight interesting facts about the Davao City mayor.
1. Duterte was born in Maasin, Leyte.
Hence, when the Yolanda typhoon struck the province, he went to see the massive destruction the following day.
2. He’s not into cars, but he likes big bikes, which he sometimes uses to inspect Davao.
3. He can fly a plane.
“Bugoy”—the nickname he earned from his high school classmates in Cor Jesu College of Digos, formerly known as Holy Cross of Digos—began flying a Piper J-3 Cub, a light aircraft, at the age of 14.
That's according to Sun Star Davao.
4. He was expelled twice during high school due to “misconduct.” He initially went to Ateneo de Davao University.
5. According to him, he has “two wives and two girlfriends."
The first one is Elizabeth Zimmerman, with whom he has three children, and was married to for 27 years.
The second one is a nurse named Cielito "Honeylet" Avancena, with whom he has a daughter named Veronica.
With regard to his girlfriends, he told his supporters who trooped to Taguig City in December 2015, “I have two girlfriends.
"One is working as a cashier and the other works for a cosmetics store at a mall.
"The one working at the cosmetics store is younger. The other one is older but more beautiful.”
His girlfriends are usually not younger than 25 years old.
But a University of the Philippines Visayas student named Erica Jean Palmera, who had the chance to interview Duterte before Christmas Day, wrote in her blog that the mayor's references to his "girlfriends" were just jokes.
Duterte told her, “Biro lang yun. You have to concede to me a certain amount of humor.”
6. His favorite actress is Demi Moore.
7. One of his effective projects as the mayor was the Central 911.
According to Business Mirror, Davao is one of the two cities in the Philippines (the other one is Kidapawan) which uses 911 as an emergency hotline.
Launched in 2002, it is “manned by 24 call takers and 16 dispatchers/trackers who are working round-the-clock.”
8. He is presently embroiled in a controversy, which alleges that his three bank accounts had an accumulated transactions of 2.4 billion pesos and that he has "41 properties" across the country.
But in an interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer, his camp said that the Palace is behind all these allegations, and is “bent on thwarting a victory by Duterte.”