- President Rodrigo Duterte’s long time friend said it took him seven years to finish high school because he was stubborn
- Another friend revealed Duterte even played a prank on a teacher that led to his expulsion from church-run Ateneo de Davao
- Duterte eventually changed when he pursued his college education in Manila
A long time friend and former classmate of the new President revealed it took a young Rodrigo Duterte seven years to finish high school because he was stubborn.
In an article published by GMA News Online it was disclosed that no-less than Davao City Administrator Jesus Melchor Quitain said that Duterte even played a prank on a teacher that led to his expulsion from church-run Ateneo de Davao.
“Nilagyan niya ng thumbtacks ‘yung inuupuan ng maestra (teacher). Pagkaupo ng maestra, hindi na ma-drawing ang mukha,” Quitain was quoted saying.
[He put thumbtacks on the chair of the teacher. When the teacher sat, her face couldn’t be drawn.]
Quitain narrated that after his expulsion from Ateneo de Davao, Duterte then transferred to the Holy Cross of Digos (now Cor Jesu College) in Digos City, where he continued and finished his secondary education, along with now Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, in 1963.
CJC external and alumni affairs officer Nelson Tandug, the President’s other close friend, likewise revealed that Duterte actually came back for back subjects in religious studies in 1963. It was allegedly during that time when they both graduated with Jess Dureza and (newspaper columnist) Karl Gaspar.
Despite his mischievousness, Quitain said Duterte eventually changed and paid attention to his academics when they studied college in Manila.
From then, Duterte became more studious and eventually became a lawyer, prosecutor, Davao City mayor for over two decades and made history as the country’s first president from Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Tandug stated the CJC will keep Duterte’s transcript of records in a museum the school plans to build as a tribute to the first-ever Mindanao-hailed president of the Republic.