Duterte on His First Year of Presidency: It's Been a 'Roller Coaster' Ride

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For Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, his first year in the office thus far has been filled with unpredictable highs and lows.

It’s been 12 months since the tough-talking former Davao mayor was sworn in as the 16th president of the country, becoming the first Mindanaoan and the oldest — at 72-years old — to take the highest political position after winning the May 2016 election by an overwhelming margin.

While Duterte refused to make any personal assessment on his own performance, he likened the first year of his journey as the Philippines’ chief executive to a “roller coaster” ride.

“It’s a roller coaster actually. While you are there, it’s a roller coaster,” Duterte told reporters.

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Duterte, who marked his first year in office on Friday, June 30, said he would only assess his leadership at the end of his six-year term.

“I do not make any assessment. I only make [an] assessment after my term,” he added. “So, it should be at the end of the ride — If I get to live, then I’ll tell you. If I don’t exist anymore by that time, you make your own assessment. Just be fair.”

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