Constancia Nagarab-Ortega, Magdalena Antoc-Francisco, Leonila Faelnar, and paterno Jacobe – graciously agreed to be interviewed together a day before their now famous classmate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was stated to arrive in Maasin City.
They did not see this coming – he possibility that their elementary school classmate might yet become the next president of the Philippines.
The four of them admit they have very faint recollections of the mayor who went to school with them more than six decades ago.
“What I remember is that we had a classmate named Rodrigo who moved to Davao and whose mother was a teacher and a Roa.” Ortega said.
Jacobe said he remembered a classmate they called “Digoy” but that was all there was to it.
“Only now when I see his face in the news.” Jacobe answered when asked if he remembered how the mayor looked like then.
According to their recollections. Duterte studied in laboon for two years at the most. The mayor would graduate at the Sta. Ana elementary school in Davao City.
They heard about his exploits as mayor of the country’s biggest city but it was only very recently that ther found out that it was their former classmate.
“It was only when we were told that President Duterte would visit laboon where he studied for a couple of years when we knew he was our classmate.” Added Faelnar.
Jabobe, who drives a tricycle, said he likes what he hears about President Duterte.
What would they tell Duterte when they have a chance to meet him personally even if only for a few minutes?
“Ask him what he can do for our school.” Ortega replied.
What do they think of him as president?
“If he runs the country the way he did in davao, very good!” Jacobe said.
The three ladies agreed, pointing to the fact that davao under Duterte has become the safest city in the country.
Duterte’s classmates are not asking anything particular for themselves.
“For as long as he will run the country well, that’s enough,” replied Francisco, the eldest among the group.