Rodrigo Duterte

16th president of the Republic of the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte, presumptive president of the Philippines

The presumptive president of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, will take his oath as the 16th president of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. Duterte ran a campaign pledging to Filipinos – a population already fraught with both manmade and natural misfortunes in the recent past – that he would get rid of the criminals in the country and clean up the corrupt government. While his campaign promises seemed short on policy declarations, Filipinos overwhelmingly voted for him in the May 9 election.

Even among overseas Filipino voters, Duterte was the popular choice. The national and overseas Filipino voter turnout was significantly higher than any previous Philippine presidential election.

Flor Marcelino named interim leader

of Manitoba NDP

Flor Marcelino signs oath of office, May 9. She becomes the interim leader of the Opposition when the legislative session begins May 16.

WINNIPEG – Flor Marcelino was officially appointed as the interim leader of the Manitoba NDP during a party council meeting at the Transcona Canad Inns on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Former premier Greg Selinger stepped down as leader following the party’s defeat in the April 19 election.

Marcelino is the first elected woman of an ethnic minority to lead a political party in Manitoba. She also made history as the first woman of colour elected to the Manitoba legislature in 2007 as the MLA for Logan. Between 2009 and 2016, Marcelino served as Minister for Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, and Minister for Multiculturalism and Literacy, where she worked with dozens of multicultural organizations across Manitoba and oversaw the NDP government’s increasing investments in adult learning and literacy.