Despite joking varied occasions about dying by means of a freak accident, there was one time when President Rodrigo Duterte thought he can be gone for good.
In a speech at Go Negosyo’s occasion in Malacañang Tuesday (July 25), Duterte recalled to the households of bereaved troopers his near-death expertise at the fingers of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Duterte stated he thought he would die when he was captured by members of the NPA when he was a prosecutor.
“Minsan pinara nila ako sa bukid, New People’s Army at pagpara ko tinutukan ako ng M14 kasi nakita ko ‘yung baril bago ko natupad ‘yung… Tapos itinutok sa akin. Ang pumasok sa isip ko, hindi ako takot mamatay. Sabi ko sa isip ko, ‘Kawawa naman ang mga anak ko.’ Sabi ko, ‘Diyos, ikaw na lang ang bahala. Baka nandito lang ako — hanggang dito lang ako,’” he recalled.
Duterte stated the rebels then introduced him to a “kangaroo court” the place he was recognized as the one that wished to jail the NPA.
The President recalled telling the rebels it was his job to take action.
“Ang aking mandato is to put you behind bars. Trabaho ko ‘yan eh. Pero ‘pag pinatay ninyo ako, okay lang. Basta sabihin lang ninyo sa mundo na pinatay namin itong taong ‘to dahil kalaban sa gobyerno at nagtatrabaho siya sa trabaho niya,” he stated.
Duterte didn’t say how the story ended however it’s apparent he lived to inform the story.