President Rodrigo Duterte has a gentle heart for the city poor as evidenced by his determination to permit members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) to retain the state housing tasks in Pandi, Bulacan they forcibly took over final March.

Duterte nonetheless couldn’t overlook the look of disappointment and desperation on the faces of his dad and mom and sister when their “shanty” in a swampland in Davao which they constructed after migrating from Cebu was demolished by authorities.

In a speech in Saudi Arabia, Duterte stated: “Hindi na ako mahirap ngayon, bobolahin ko lang rin kayo. Pero dumaan ako sa ganoong sitwasyon. Na dumating kami sa Davao na walang wala tapos we had to build a shanty just behind Ateneo de Davao University. Eh wet land ‘yan noon eh. And to think that we suffered a demolition, kuwan, eh you’d never believe that a wet land it could be titled in the name of private persons.”

“Kaya ako nandiyan pa, I was 4 years old. Maalala ko ‘yung demolition and I could remember my mother crying. Pati ‘yung kapatid kong babae. But hindi ko malaman, wondering why they were crying at ang tatay ko, sat there in the, one of the sari-sari store in front of the —‘yung bahay na itinayo and I just looked at it aimlessly. Wala naman siyang sinabi. Hindi ako nagbobola, totoo ‘to. You can ask anybody at saka magpunta kayo doon magbisi-bisita kayo sa bahay ko,” he added.

Duterte’s father got here from the highly effective Durano political clan in Cebu and was the final governor of Davao earlier than it was carved into a number of provinces.