President Duterte’s Firsts

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President Duterte’s Firsts

  • First president to be proclaimed in absentia
  • First president from Mindanao
  • Oldest chief executive of the Philippines at 71 years old
  • First president to have a plunder complaint against him before assuming the presidency (filed may 5, 2016 by Trillanes)
  • First president from San Beda College where he finished law in 1972
  • First in 30 years to have a lawyer president (9th) since Ferdinand Marcos
  • The first to have jumped straight from being a city mayor to president
  • First wife is Elizabeth Zimmerman
  • First self-proclaimed socialist to become president. (Kabataang Makabayan (KM) founded by Jose Ma. Sison)
  • Presidential candidate with the fastest growing Facebook page. After posting, it has over 3 million likes
  • One of the first politicians who appointed deputy mayors to represent the Muslim and Lumad people in the city government.
  • Declined several awards: World Mayor for outstanding leaders, American Cancer Society Award and 2010 anti-smoking award in Singapore
  • He was the first local government official to visit Tacloban City after Typhoon Yolanda
  • Central 911 (the first and only 9-1-1 emergency telephone number in Asia which is also free of charge)
  • Duterte is also known for banning swimsuit competitions in beauty pageants in Davao City
  • First President to dress up casually at his first press conference (my opinion)


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