Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte shows the ink on his finger after casting his vote in Davao city, southern Philippines. Photograph: Cerilo Ebrano/EPA

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte looked set on Tuesday to strengthen his grip on power after unofficial results of a midterm election showed big (...)

  President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao city, southern Philippines, EPA/CERILO EBRANO

Jaypee Bertes was bruised and battered, his arm broken. He had three bullets in him. He asked for a doctor. “He was leaning on the bars and had a hard(...)

Rodrigo Duterte taking his oath as his daughter, Veronica, holds a Bible during his inauguration ceremony in the Philippine capital, Manila. Photograph: Malacanang/Photo Bureau

Wearing a simple white barong shirt and promising a new era in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the southeast Asian nation’s 16th pres(...)

 A handout picture  shows incoming Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte giving a speech after taking his Oath of Office as the President of the Republic of the Philippines during the inauguration ceremony at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines, 30th June 2016.  Photograph: Malacanang Photo Bureau/EPA

With a promise that “change is coming”, Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as the Philippines 16th president after securing the office with a landslide(...)

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte: his  election pledge to kill all drug dealers has rights groups and the Catholic Church fearful of escalating violence and vigilantism becoming the norm. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

When Rodrigo Duterte steps up for his inauguration as president of the Philippines wearing his traditional barong, the only embellishments on the shir(...)

Philippine  president-elect Rodrigo Duterte: He has said  he wants a limit of three children per family and called some senior clerics “sons of whores” for enriching themselves at the expense of the poor.  Photograph: Manman Dejeto/AFP/Getty

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity is facing an early test after he sharply criticised the Catholic Church and insisted he would allow the r(...)

New  Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte:  some believe that his bark may be worse than his bite. Photograph:  Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Given that Rodrigo Duterte made an election pledge to execute 100,000 criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay, it’s fair to expect the newly-ele(...)

Presidential candidate    Rodrigo Duterte at the tomb of his  father, governor Vicente Duterte,   in Davao, the Philippines: He     has a reputation for a hands-on style of leadership  that has endeared him to many Filipinos and helps   explain his success despite some off-colour outbursts. Photograph:  Kiwi Bulaclac/AFP/Getty Images

As mayor of Davao City in the southern Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte sometimes drove a taxi at night, to observe at first-hand what was happening in hi(...)

Rodrigo Duterte has won the Philippines presidential election. Photograph: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg

The Philippines’ president-elect, rough-talking city mayor Rodrigo Duterte, announced plans on Tuesday for an overhaul of the country’s system of gov(...)

 Rodrigo  Duterte: often likened to Donald Trump, he ran a controversial campaign in which he joked about raping a missionary and backed extrajudicial killings to keep crime under control.  Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Exit polls in the Philippines presidential election point to a huge victory for Rodrigo Duterte, the hard-man mayor of Davao City, whose administratio(...)

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