Duterte set to leave uneven legacy as he delivers last State of the Nation speech

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's approval ratings remain at a record high, at 91 per cent. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

MANILA - Mr Rodrigo Duterte made a lot of promises when he was elected president of the Philippines in 2016.

He promised to put drug traffickers out of business within the first seven months of his term. He promised to end corruption and bring the fruits of prosperity to the masses just as quickly. He promised to create more jobs and build a grand railway across the war-torn southern parts of the Philippines. He promised to build highways, skyways and bridges, and an Internet connection as fast as Singapore's.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.