Dubbed as the “Duterte Harry” of Davao City, Rodrigo Roa Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasi, Southern Leyte but was raised in Davao City. He is the son of the late Vicente Duterte who served as last governor of still undivided Davao province during the 50’s. His mother is Soledad Roa Duterte was a school teacher, civic leader and philanthropist.
During his childhood, Mayor Duterte was considered a “problem child” by his parent. According to legend, the Davao mayor flew a small plane above his neighbourhood without his parents’ consent when he was 14-years old. His father exiled him to a high school 57 kilometers from Davao after knowing the news that his son got kicked out from Ateneo De Davao High School.