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Diehard Duterte Supporters

Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS) is a name adopted by political hardliners who support the 16th
president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte,[1] whom they defend as a necessary strongman, to
refer to themselves.[2][3][4] The term was popularized during the 2016 presidential elections and
has since been used to refer to the most unquestioning (i.e., the diehards) among Duterte's
loyalists,[5] who wear it as a badge of honor and pride. The term commonly refers to a group of
people (including netizens) engaging in internet trolling and disruptive behaviour online to defend
Its initialism, DDS, was taken directly from the Davao Death Squad—a vigilante group that had
existed in Davao City during Duterte's term as mayor.[7]