President Rodrigo Duterte was spotted falling in line as he patiently waits for his turn during the fellowship dinner at the Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace this Sunday, July 17. But while many people may have seen similar gestures of Duterte even when he was still the mayor of Davao City, the man in front of him has a short but wonderful story to share.
“I’m the lucky guy in front. I told him in the Cebuano the dialect to please go ahead. He told me he wouldn’t do that; this is a free country. Then he tapped both of my shoulders to stay on the line, and whoala!” Atty. Lloyd Ismael del Socorro wrote, who is a lawyer and a graduate of Ateneo School of Law. His comment earned positive (and envious) reactions.
Interestingly, this photo of President Duterte falling in line, which was shared at Presidential Communications Facebook page this Monday morning, also earned the president a lot of respect from commenters. One of them said that President Duterte is really showing leadership by example, and that all government officials should follow his good traits.
Meanwhile, another commenter shared a story about a female citizen who saw then-Davao City Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte (President Duterte’s daughter) also falling in line in a local hospital cashier. The said woman said she told the vice mayor to go ahead, but Inday Sara declined the offer, exactly just like what President Duterte did last Sunday.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that people saw Rodrigo Duterte showing courtesy and following basic rules. In a special feature on her show, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS), journalist Jessica Soho herself witnessed Duterte submitting himself for frisking before entering a hotel in Davao City, even before he announced he is running for president.
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President Duterte, whom many Filipinos only know him as a tough-talking politician and a very strict leader, was recently spotted passing through the x-ray and metal scanners at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) just like any ordinary passenger. With no VIP treatment whatsoever, he raised his both hands and voluntarily submitted himself for frisking.