Published: Thursday 29 March, 2018

Why Paolo Duterte Apologized to President Duterte in his Birthday Greeting

Today is President Duterte’s 73rd birthday and received warm greeting from family, friends, government officials and even VP Leni Robredo. But one birthday greeting stood out – the one from his son, Paolo Duterte. It was no ordinary birthday greeting because it had an apology. What is Paolo apologizing for? 

Paolo Duterte apology birthday Digong

Paolo Duterte and Digong.

It turns out that Paolo Duterte is apologizing for all the disappointments he gave his father. Being President Duterte’s first-born, like any first-born child, much was expected from him. Though he didn’t delve into details, suffice it to say that Paolo and Digong have had a lot of differences in the past and these are why he was apologizing.

“Pa sa tanan kalagot ug kalipay sa atong duha, ako magpabiling anak nimo. Sa tanan yawyaw nimo nako, Pa naminaw ko, gidawat nako ug nakasabot ko. Dili dali mahimong amahan sa pinakabut-an nimong anak! Pasaylua ko sa mga panahon na nadungagan nako imong UBAN(white hair). Unta maabot pa ang panahon na ikapanghambog ko nimo. I know that I would never attain what you have achieved in your lifetime, but I can assure you that I will do my best to make you proud. Maningkamot ko ug akong mga igsuon nga di ka mapahiya sa amua,” Paolo Duterte wrote in his birthday greeting to the president.

“Daghang salamat sa tanan tabang nimo nako ug sa akong pamilya. Daghang Salamat sa taas taas pang pasensya.. IKAW NA! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PA! I love you!!!”

(Pa, sa lahat ng inis at saya sa pagitan nating dalawa, ako ay mananatiling anak mo. Sa lahat ng sermon mo sa akin, Pa, nakikinig ako, tinanggap ko at naintindihan ko. Hindi madaling maging isang ama sa pinakamabait mong anak! Pagpasensiyahan mo na ako sa mga pagkakataong nadadagdagan ko ang mapuputi mong buhok. Sana, dumating pa ang panahon na maipagmamalaki mo ako.  I know that I would never attain what you have achieved in your lifetime, but I can assure you that I will do my best to make you proud. Pagsisikapan ko at ng aking mga kapatid na hindi ka mapapahiya sa amin.)

(Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tulong mo sa aking pamilya. Maraming salamat sa mahaba mong pasensiya.”HAPPY BIRTHDAY PA! I love you!!!”)