A man of many names: Davao’s controversial, colorful Mayor Duterte
THEY call him ‘Dirty Harry’. TIME magazine once featured him as the motorcycle-riding, gun-toting mayor, for which he was labeled ‘The Punisher’.
Davao folks call him Digong. His ham radio call sign is Charlie Mike (for city mayor). But to many who know him up close and personal, he is simply Rody.
Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City is now on his third round of duty as mayor of the Philippine’s biggest city, having served as chief executive of Mindanao’s premier political and financial hub in 1988-1998, then again from 2001-2010 before his daughter Sara took over his post in 2010 to 2013. Last year, Sara quit politics, paving another comeback by Digong.