Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as 16 th President of the Philippines. 71-year-old politician won the presidential election in may. 16 million voters voted for him during the elections. Beside him fought for post 3 more opponents, but they remained far behind Duterte.
Promising that "change is coming" Duterte - called "Punisher" promised to put criminals and drug dealers - he captured the imagination of the masses, suffering from chronic corruption and high level crime.
The President, who spoke openly in the past that he despises the formalities, flew to Manila from your southern city for the inauguration ceremony. On the eve of his inauguration, Duarte embarked on the path of war with the Catholic Church, accusing it of bishops, nothing doing. Thus, he began a furious attack against the national press, publicly accusing them of bias against him.
During one of his speeches he falsely accused the reporter of bias, because he asked him about his health. Over the past two weeks, he avoided the press coverage, and even banned the independent press to cover his inauguration.
"An uneasy relationship with Duterte media is partly a reflection of the uncompromising philosophy of the mainstream press in a country that seeks to focus on the "glass half empty", and prefer the incoming President, where the media is an amplifier for the voice of the leader, and not his accuser, " said Richard Heydarian, a political analyst and De La Salle University.
Promises the President has struck the population. He decided to re-introduce the death penalty and promised to dump the bodies of dead criminals in Manila Bay. The President told the police, in speeches during his campaign that he wants to protect them from persecution.
Handpicked head of the national police, is also known for its tough approach to crime, who goes by the nickname "Bato" or "stone". However, de President received praise for the launch of peace talks with Communist rebels even before his inauguration.
It is hoped that his election will bring, once and for all, the elusive peace and stability in the South of the country, which for years was shocked Muslim militancy.
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