Timeline: Philippine President Duterte’s tumultuous time period


MANILA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has introduced he’ll retire from politics, opening the way in which for his daughter to run for president in subsequent yr’s election. learn extra

Here is a timeline of a number of the key occasions in Duterte’s time period:

May 2016: Duterte, the previous mayor of Davao City and nicknamed “The Punisher” for his anti-drug campaign within the metropolis, is elected the Philippines’ sixteenth president by focusing nearly totally on crime, drug abuse and corruption.

Once in energy, Duterte backs a conflict on medication by police that officers say kills greater than 6,100 suspected drug sellers. The United Nations say tens of hundreds of individuals within the Philippines might have been killed since mid-2016 amid “near impunity” for police and incitement to violence by high officers. Duterte’s spokesperson says the “rehashed claims” of impunity are unfounded.

October 2016: On his first journey to China, Duterte turns his again on the Philippines’ decades-long ties with the United States to courtroom Beijing, saying the separation from the United States by saying “America has lost”.

Duterte says Manila and Beijing would resolve their South China Sea dispute by means of dialogue, a softening of the earlier Philippine place. He describes the 2016 arbitration ruling on the South China Sea that went within the Philippines’ favour as only a “piece of paper” he might throw within the trash.

May 2017: Duterte cuts quick a go to to Moscow when clashes erupt in Marawi between Filipino troops and Islamist fighters. The seige of Marawi lasts 5 months. By September, the battle has displaced round 350,000 folks and resulted within the deaths of greater than 1,000. Duterte declares a state of martial legislation masking the complete island of Mindanao, which lasts till the tip of 2019, the longest interval of martial legislation within the Philippines for the reason that 1965-86 Marcos period.

July 2017: Under the federal government’s “Build, Build, Build” initiative, Duterte pledges to usher in a golden age of infrastructure by means of a six-year, $180 billion spending spree to modernise and construct airports, roads, railways and ports.

February 2018: The International Criminal Court (ICC) opens a preliminary investigation into the hundreds of deaths that occurred throughout Duterte’s conflict on medication. The following month, Duterte pronounces his intention to withdraw the Philippines from the ICC. The withdrawal turns into official in March 2019.

May 2019: Elections end in Duterte sustaining his maintain on the House of Representatives and see him take management of the Senate, the one efficient test remaining on his administration.

January 2020: Duterte says he’ll finish a 1998 pact that enables U.S troops to function within the Philippines, nonetheless the withdrawal interval is prolonged. In February 2021, he says the U.S. should “pay” to maintain the deal and in July he restores it.

Sept. 8, 2021: Duterte accepts his get together’s nomination to run for vp in subsequent yr’s election. He is barred by the structure from looking for a second time period and his curiosity within the largely ceremonial put up is dismissed by opponents as a bid to remain in workplace and keep away from potential authorized motion in opposition to him. A prosecutor on the International Criminal Court remains to be investigating Duterte over his conflict on medication.

Oct. 2, 2021: Duterte pronounces he won’t run for vp however will retire from politics.

Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Christopher Cushing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stands in between Senate President Aquilino Koko Pimentel (L) and Speaker of the House Pantaleon Alvarez (R) before Duterte speaks during his first State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro /File Photo