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Duterte for VP: President-Mayor's Political Career, by the Numbers

Another six years in office?
by Arianne Merez
Aug 25, 2021
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President Rodrigo Duterte is set to embark on a political journey that no other Philippine chief executive has done in the past: run for vice president.

It's a potential game-changer in Philippine politics, analysts said. While presidents are barred from seeking a second term, a vice president Duterte will put him first in the line of succession for the post that he will vacate at noon of June 30, 2022.

Should Duterte win as vice president, it would not be the first time that he would serve as a second fiddle -- having been elected as vice mayor of Davao City.

With Duterte signaling his intent to stay longer in public office, we rounded up some of the defining numbers of his public career:

Zero election losses

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Since the start of his public career, Duterte has never lost an election. He has been elected to several posts: mayor, vice mayor, congressman, and president.

Seven-term mayor

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Duterte capitalized on his more than two decades as Davao city mayor when he launched his 2016 presidential campaign. Duterte first served as mayor in 1988 and has never lost an election since.

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Two-term vice mayor

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Duterte served as vice mayor of Davao City twice--first in 1986, and in 2010. During his last stint as vice mayor, his eldest daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio was mayor.

One-term congressman

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While Duterte is more famous for serving as mayor of Davao City, the 76-year-old also held other elected posts, that of a congressman and vice mayor.

Due to term limits, Duterte in 1998 successfully ran as representative of Davao City since he was barred from seeking reelection as mayor.

71 years old

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Duterte became the oldest to assume the Philippine presidency at 71 years old after a landslide victory in 2016.

First president from Mindanao

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Duterte made history in 2016 not only as the oldest to be elected president of the Philippines but also as the first to come from Mindanao.

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Three children in public office

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All three of Duterte's children with his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman are in public office. 

His eldest daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio is mayor of their hometown Davao City while his youngest son Sebastian commonly known as "Baste" is the vice mayor. Duterte's eldest son Paolo is the elected representative of the Davao City 1st District.

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2020

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Duterte's presidency faced its biggest challenge yet in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed over 32,000 lives,  sank the country into recession, and plunged millions into poverty.

2 Hours 43 Minutes

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As president, Duterte made history in July 2021 when he delivered his final State of the Nation Address--the longest annual report of a Philippine leader since the restoration of democracy in 1986.

Duterte's speech broke the record of his immediate predecessor, the late Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III--which was previously the longest post-martial law era at 135 minutes.

83 years old

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Should Duterte push through with his vice presidential bid and win, he would be 83 years old by the time he finishes his term in 2028.

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