Amidst the fieriest issues that President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has been battling during his almost a year of being the President of the Republic of the Philippines, such as extrajudicial killings (EJK), drug war, and ENDO, there is no doubt that the President has been badly critiqued by the public for his governance in the Philippines today. However, this bad publicity has not been one of the concerns of President Duterte since the arrival of his latest grandson.
On March 2, 2017, Marko Digong D. Carpio, or also known as “Stonefish”, was born via cesarean section at the Davao Doctors Hospital. Born at around 12:56 p.m. with a healthy weight of 5.3 pounds, Stonefish is President Duterte’s 10th grandchild; the 3rd from his daughter Davao Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio and son-in-law Atty. Manases Carpio.
President Rodrigo Duterte was on a groundbreaking ceremony of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway when Stonefish arrived to the world. He could not contain his exhilarating bliss when he found out about this great news, and he could not just wait to go straight home and see his grandson in the flesh.
“I’m really excited to go home… Tuloy ako sa ospital.” he delightfully said in an interview.
Stonefish is the third child of the present Davao Mayor Sara Duterte and Atty. Manases Carpio, though it was said that before Stonefish’s arrival, Sara was pregnant with triplets but lost two to miscarriage.
In an interview with the President last September about this, he was indeed emotional while answering the press’ questions about this bad news, “I cried… These are the things in life you just have to be yourself. I cried all day.”
When asked why his grandson acquired that nickname, he just jokingly said, “Inday [Sara’s nickname] is really like that. The other is Stingray. This one will be nicknamed Stonefish.” He also added, “Ang pangalan daw, Marko Digong. Ganyan talaga ‘yan si Inday, ang palayaw daw Stonefish… Kaawa naman na bata,”
The reason behind the sea creature-inspired nickname of Marko Digong is because Mayor Duterte loves the sea so much; thus, she is branded as a Mother Ocean. In fact, her two older children also have an aquatic animal nickname; her daughter, Mikhaila Maria a.k.a. Sharky, and her son, Mateo Lucas a.k.a. Stingray.
But what makes Stonefish different among the other grandchildren of the previous Davao Mayor is that the baby’s real name is derived from his given nickname, “Digong”, when he started his campaign as President last year.
Present Mayor Sara Duterte also wanted her son to be named after her father despite their numerous disputes that would result for them to not speak to each other for several months. In spite of these arguments, she still exhibits her support and love to her father by tirelessly campaigning for him through means of social media.
In a photo that was uploaded on Facebook, President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte is smiling proudly with his hospital scrubs as he was photographed with his newest grandson.
Because of Stonefish’s birth, it inspired President Duterte to work harder to make the Philippines a safer place.