- President Rodrigo Duterte compared his and his daughter’s school grades
- He shared people should not be in a hurry but work hard
- Duterte said he expects honesty and competence from those who intend to join the government
President Rodrigo Duterte shared that his daughter Veronica “Kitty” Duterte got good grades in school, with 91 being her lowest, during the inauguration of the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall in Davao City.
The chief executive, however, advised Kitty not to be in a hurry as his daughter always complain about her studies and rarely goes out anymore.
“Why should you be in a hurry? What will you get out of 95? Just like Honeylet’s daughter. Her lowest grade is 91. That’s the lowest,” Duterte said, according to a GMA News story.
“I told her, ‘Nak, back then I only studied just a little,” he continued.
Duterte compared Kitty’s grade to his 75, and narrated his experience of finishing high school in seven years and him being expelled from Ateneo.
“As long as you can reach 75. It’s like a ladder. It’s the same kind of climb. Why would you go for 95-95 when 75 is just as fine? 75-75 lang.”
The leader then went on to say that his Cabinet members are intelligent such as Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Finance Secretary who all graduated as valedictorian.
“All of them were valedictorians while I only had 75. But who’s their boss now? Is it the valedictorian? The 75,” he said.
“So don’t be in a hurry. Just work hard in life,” Duterte added.
In the same event, as per another GMA News post, he said he only expects two things from those who intend to join the government, after the end of filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the May 2019 midterm election.
“My criteria is you must be honest and you must be competent. That’s it. If you can handle the job and if you are a decent person.”