My Duterte Story: Inday Sara Duterte Shares Very Inspiring Experiences With Her Father

Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio, also known as Inday Sara, shares her own inspiring experiences with her father, Davao City Mayor Rodrido ‘Rody’ Duterte, Being the first woman mayor of Davao City, Inday Sara is known for being a tough leader just like Rody Duterte. But in her own My Duterte Story, she revealed emotional moments when she was still a student.

Inday Sara Duterte, who became controversial in 2011 after she punched a court sheriff several times in public when she was still the mayor of Davao City, shared a lengthy but heartwarming story on her official Facebook page this Wednesday, February 24, 2016 with the hashtag #MyDuterteStory. She also posted a photo of her as a young student and facing the camera while Mayor Rody Duterte is pinning a ribbon on her.

As a start, Inday Sara said that Mayor Rody Duterte never missed attending any Recognition Day in her school. The younger Duterte noted her father always remind her about the importance of education, but did not force to be always on top of the class. Nevertheless, she admitted that she and her father has a love-hate relationship, and that they rarely talk.

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However, the Duterte’s tough daughter said that there was one instance that she had a difficult time in studying her lessons when she was in her third year as law student. She noted that her father gave her a short but very meaning advice. She also revealed a very moment when her father cried. She said she is also proud for being not among those who got pregnant early.

Last Sunday, February 21, Mayor Rody Duterte received a lot of praises after the PiliPinas Debates 2016 held and was aired at GMA-7. During the debate, Mayor Duterte praised his fellow presidential candidate, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. In return, she commended Duterte for fighting criminals in Davao City. Since then, the ‘love team’ Duriam was born.

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Inday Sara My Duterte Story

Credit: Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio Facebook

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Below is the full content of Inday Sara’s ‘My Duterte Story.

“That is me and Digong in the picture. He never missed my school’s Recognition Day because he always wanted to be the one to pin my ribbons and medals.

How could I forget how he sounded like a broken record playing in the background of my childhood when he repeatedly said “education is everything.”

He did not emphasize excellence in academics though. The medals were merely a bonus.

One late evening several years ago, I was having a hard time in my third year of law school and I wanted to release a good cry. I did not call Mama because I did not want her to worry about me.
I wanted to talk to a lawyer. I rarely talk to my father. We have a love-hate relationship and I can imagine Digong’s surprise when told by his aide that I asked for him to call me.

When I heard his voice I couldn’t speak. Every word disappeared in the surge of emotions. I could only cry. His first question was “asa ka (where are you)?”

I howled like a wounded wolf. Then I sensed that he was already alarmed as he repeatedly asked me where I was. At that point, I thought, he could be thinking I was raped.

But you see, I was dejected. I cried non-stop — like a dying dog.
There was silence at the other end of the phone before he asked me: “Buntis ka?

That was the moment when I started to laugh. I laughed so hard, really hard — like a hyena desperate for air. That kind of face.
I thought to myself — why do men think women who call them crying are pregnant. Gentlemen, why?

As I continued laughing, he blurted out “nabuang ka (are you going crazy)?” I thought he’s now thinking I’m drunk.

I tried to catch my breath and simply said “naglisod ko sa akong Wills and Succession (I am having a hard time with Wills and Succession).”

I could hear the exasperation in his voice as he retorted: “The answers are not in your tears. Go back to your books!”
Yes! That was the very reason I wanted to talk to a lawyer — no comforting words, no baby bunny stories. I just wanted to listen to the heartless stop-crying-because-it-will-not-get-you-anywhere answer.

I ended the call. I looked at my books and said to myself “I’m hypothetically pregnant so I can cry myself to sleep.”
And I did.

Someone told me my father cried when he learned that I passed the Bar Examinations. I think he cried because I did better than him and that made him successful.

I also think he cried because I am his personal trophy in making sure that the next generation get the education that they needed.
And yes, I think he cried tears of joy.

Because I was not a pregnant highschool drop-out. ‪#‎mydutertestory‬ ‪#‎votedutertecayetano‬ ‪#‎justDUit‬ ‪#‎Duterte2016‬ ‪#‎goodvibes‬ ‪#‎dancedancedance‬

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