What Duterte, Robredo have in common


Posted at May 30 2016 11:40 PM | Updated as of May 31 2016 11:06 AM

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MANILA - They may be from opposing parties, but President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo share a number of things in common.

On Monday, Duterte and Robredo were officially proclaimed winners of the 2016 presidential and vice-presidential elections after topping the final tally of their respective races in the Joint Canvassing Committee of Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, for the country's highest positions.

Here are some of the similarities between the country's 16th president and 14th vice president.

1. Both Duterte and Robredo are single.

Duterte's civil marriage to his first wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman, has been annulled. Robredo's husband, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, died in a plane crash in August 2012.

2. Both are lawyers who worked for the government

Duterte graduated from San Beda College of Law in 1972, while Robredo earned her law degree from the University of Nueva Caceres.

Duterte worked at the City Prosecution Office of Davao City from 1977 to 1986, while Robredo served in the Public Attorney's Office after passing the bar exams.

3. Both Duterte and Robredo came directly from a local position before assuming the two highest posts in the country

Duterte is the incumbent mayor of Davao City, while Robredo is the incumbent representative for the third district of Camarines Sur.

4. Both had previous experience as members of the House of Representatives

Duterte served as the representative for the first district of Davao City from 1998 to 2001, while Robredo has been the representative of the third district of Camarines Sur since 2013.

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5. Both Duterte and Robredo are known for their simple lifestyle

Duterte is said to have lived in the same wood-and-brick house in the middle-class village of Doña Luisa in Davao City. He is also known to go around Davao City at night driving a taxi to check on the situation of the city.

Robredo, on the other hand, is known to travel by bus every time she comes home to Camarines Sur.

Both photos of Duterte driving a taxi and Robredo waiting for a bus also went viral online.

6. Both may not use traditional presidential, vice presidential offices

Duterte said he has yet to decide on where to hold office, noting that the government can save on electricity expenses if he chooses not live in Bahay Pangarap.

Robredo shared the same sentiment, adding that the P500,000 monthly rent for the Coconut Palace can be used for other things, should she decide to hold office elsewhere.

7. Both Duterte and Robredo were initially hesitant to run for the positions they have just won

Despite calls from his supporters, Duterte did not confirm his presidential bid until late November, when he filed his certificate of candidacy for president as a substitute for Martin Diño. 

Robredo, on the other hand, only announced her vice presidential bid a few weeks before the official filing of certificates of candidacy in October. 

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