10 Worst Dictators In Power Today

10. Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines)

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Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the legally, directly-elected President of the Philippines and leading member of the PDP-Laban party. Duterte is the perfect example of a man elected into office who technically has every right to be there, but is considered a dictator by most people living outside of the Philippines due to his extreme views and nationalist rhetoric.

One of his extreme views, which has been embraced by many but decried by most, is the extrajudicial killing of drug users. That's "users," not dealers. While most nations impose fines or short terms of imprisonment, Duterte believes the best way to deal with an addict is to kill them. Brutally.

His sights aren't set solely on drug users; Duterte has been involved in the killing of an estimated 1,400 people since his time as Mayor of Davao and now President of the nation. These killings were done at the hands of purported death squads who also targeted street children and petty criminals.

If you thought he wasn't the sort to get his hands dirty killing people himself, that couldn't be further from the truth. Numerous times, Duterte has confirmed that he personally killed three kidnapping suspects while he was Mayor in 1988.

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