New President of the Philippines – level 2

23-05-2016 15:00

Rodrigo Duterte won the presidential election in the Philippines. He received 15.6 million votes, far outweighing his nearest rival’s 9.5 million votes. Who is the man that took the nation by storm?

He was born in 1945 to a family closely linked to local politics. He trained as a lawyer and became a vice mayor and then mayor of Davao. His supporters say that during his time in office, he reduced crime, corruption, and militancy.

Critics, however, slammed some of his comments, including offensive remarks about the Pope and threats to kill thousands of criminals without trial.

Difficult words: militancy (warring people), slam (to criticise a lot), offensive (rude, hurtful, shocking), remark (a comment).

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