PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTELawyer and politician Rodrigo Duterte served seven terms as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines. In2016, he became the 16th president of the Philippines.WHO IS RODRIGO DUTERTE?Rodrigo Duterte was born on March 28, 1945, in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines. The sonof aregional governor, he graduated from law school in 1972 and joined the City Prosecution Office ofDavao City. Duterte became Davao City mayor in 1988, and was reelected six times after forging areputation for being tough on crime. He earned a decisive victory in his country's 2016 presidentialelection, but soon drew criticism for his support of extrajudicial killings and threats to cut diplomaticties with the U.S.EARLY YEARSRodrigo Roa Duterte was born on March 28, 1945, in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines. Hisfather, Vicente, served as a local mayor and governor, and his mother, Soledad, was a teacher and acommunity activist.Prone to misbehavior, Duterte was twice expelled from elementary school. He managed tochannel his temper somewhat by the time he attended Lyceum of the Philippines University, where hewas influenced by Communist Party of the Philippines founder José María Sison. Duterte went on tostudy law at San Beda College, earning his degree in 1972 despite claims that he shot a classmate.