- Sebastian Duterte recalled his relationship with his father during his childhood and described the president as a very humble man
- Duterte’s upbringing, according to Baste, involved the reward and punishment system which motivated him to study harder when he was a kid
- Baste rejected his father’s desire for him to enter politics but he is still very much willing to help his father in running the country
During an interview with the Philippine Star, President Rodrigo Duterte was characterized a very humble man by his son Sebastian Duterte, who caught everyone’s attention and became a heartthrob during the national elections campaign.
“Kapag may kasalanan ka, may punishment. If you do something good, you have a reward. Bihira lang 'yung reward. 'Di ko na maalala. Usual punishment ay sinturon. Pinapalo nang nakadapa, minsan nakatayo. Lahat yata ng posisyon ng pagsinturon naranasan ko na sa tatay ko,” Baste said as he recalled his relationship with his father during his childhood years.
(When you did something wrong, you have a punishment. If you do something good, you have a reward. The reward happened very rarely. The usual punishment is the belt. You would get beaten when you are on all fours, sometimes standing up. I experienced almost all positions when getting hit with a belt by my father.)
Baste further looked back as he stated that he was motivated to his study harder and seriously when he was a child because of his fear of his father.
He recalled: “When I was a child, every time I got back from school, he forced me to read my books. For an hour dapat nasa lamesa lang ako at nakatutok sa libro. Hindi pwede lumingon sa taas. He didn’t care if I read or not basta 'yung mata ko nasa libro.”
(For an hour I should be sitting by the table and focusing on my book. I was not allowed to look up. He didn’t care if I read or not as long as my eyes are focused on the book.)
His relationship with his father was a difficult one, as Baste described himself as a very naughty boy.
“I was 11, in Grade 5, when my parents separated. Napunta ‘ko sa nanay ko. After two years, 'yung nanay ko lumipad ng States and worked as a nanny. So ako lang 'yung naiwan sa bahay. Mga first year high school ako noon. Tapos kinuha ako ng tatay ko. I stayed with him for three months. 'Di kami magkasundo kasi lagi din siya wala sa bahay. Makulit ako. 'Di kami magkasundo,” he narrated.
(I was 11, in Grade 5, when my parents separated. I lived with my mother. After two years, she went to the States and worked as a nanny. So I was the only one left in the house. I was in first year high school back then. Then my father got me and I stayed with him for three months. We always argued because he was not always at home. I was naughty. We always disagreed on things.)
Duterte sent Baste to Manila to live with her sister Sara Duterte, incumbent Mayor of Davao City, who was in Law School at San Beda College during that time. Baste graduated high school in San Beda and took up Legal Management in the same school. After a year, he decided to study Political Science at the Ateneo de Davao University, which is located in his hometown.
He entered Law School for two months but he did not like it. Baste said, “Maybe that’s the freedom that I want. When I try things and I don’t like it, I just go out of it.”
Considering the political background of his family and their legacy in Davao, Baste did not entertain the idea of entering politics and holding a public office. He further stated that his freedom in choosing his own path makes him happy.
“My dad wanted me to run for councilor in Davao in 2013. In 2016, he asked if I would want to run for Congress. Ayaw ko naman (I didn’t want to). I don’t want to sit in an office the entire day listening to other people’s problems. I have a lot of better things to do. The idea of serving people is okay but at this point in my life, ayaw ko talaga (I really don’t want to),” he added.
Despite of his little interest in politics and in his father’s success, Baste is still willing to help if the president asks something from him.
When asked about his hobbies and interests, Baste included surfing and playing with his band in Davao City. - Kami Media