MOST SENIOR: At 71, Duterte is the oldest person to assume office as Philippine President. He was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Southern Leyte.
9th lawyer-president: He is the ninth lawyer among the 16 presidents we’ve had so far. The other lawyers who won the presidency were Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, Jose Laurel, Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino, Carlos Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, and Ferdinand Marcos.
3-decade friendship: One of the new President’s oldest friends is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Davao-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ. They met some 31 years ago, Quiboloy told Sun.Star Davao, when he had only 15 people in his congregation, and Duterte was still a prosecutor. There was a gun repair shop behind his prayer house on Villamor St. in Agdao. They would chat whenever Duterte went to the gun repair shop. When Duterte first ran for mayor in 1988, he sought the pastor’s support. “We decided to support him from then on,” Quiboloy said.
Down time: When he had some free time from the mayorship’s demands, Duterte enjoyed fishing, hunting, firing, riding motorcycles and golf, according to Sonny Buenaventura, a police officer who served as Duterte’s driver-bodyguard from 1988 to 2008. His golf buddies were Charlie Aldevera and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
How much does he have? As of 2015, Duterte had a net worth of P23.51 million, including some P14.84 million in bank deposits. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, which obtained a copy of his Statement of Assets and Liabilities, pointed out that he also listed business interests in two organizations: Honda Cars in General Santos City (since 1997) and Poeng Yu Foundation, Inc. in Davao City.
Opened his house to Hope: He has allowed House of Hope, which runs facilities where children with cancer can stay while being treated, to use his three-bedroom house in Margarita Village, Davao City. Two cancer patients and several HOH staff are staying in the Duterte property at present, Sun.Star Davao learned. The Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, which runs House of Hope, was one of five health organizations awarded by the Department of Health last June 23.
Tough battle: Before 2016, the biggest political challenge Duterte faced was in the 2001 elections for mayor of Davao. He was running against his former vice mayor and ex-political ally Benjamin de Guzman. They had only 9 barangay captains and minimal resources, recalled executive assistant Christopher “Bong” Tesoro Go. Duterte won, followed by two reelections. In 2010, he ran for vice mayor to his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Reluctant candidate: Last October 16, 2015, the last day to file the certificates of candidacy, Duterte’s executive assistant Bong Go recalled (in an interview with Sun.Star Davao) calling up the then-mayor at 1 p.m. to ask if he wouldn’t change his mind and run for president. “Nasuko siya, gi-ingnan ko, ‘Otro pud ka nadala ka, hilom diha’ (He got mad and told me, ‘Shut up. You’re like all of them).”