I come from Cebu City so when Cebuanos give me some form of adulation, I take it like a grain of salt. We love to love our own. And some of the best praises to honor me (first of all, I really do not know why the effort) came from Cebu.
But everytime I visit Davao, the people I meet always amaze me.
|Photo courtesy: Davao Hive Philippines|
I had lunch with my law firm partner in Sunburst, who I discovered had a branch in Abreeza Mall, hence, Seda forever. She was meeting her wedding coordinator to plan the wedding of the century. Given my stance on weddings, how suicidal I perceive people who marry (hahaha, I am sorry), it was something I could not care less. Until the wedding coordinator came and my order of seven chicken wings arrived, I was eating it as if I was on a world on my own.
Then suddenly, the wedding coordinator started to tell me that she is a follower, she admires how brave I am at expressing my support for Mayor (Davaoenos still call PRRD that) and that she is awed that I am sitting beside her and eating chicken using my hands. Let us be honest, I get that statement a lot and it never gets old for me. I am truly flattered by any form of adulation. But this one takes the cake. When I asked her that we can have a picture together if she liked, she got her cam and began to shed tears of joy. It was such a touching moment to realize that someone will actually cry to meet me in person. I do not know if I will ever get that reaction again but for now, I am happy that I can affect people that way.
After the lunch (and dinner, because that was my last meal for the day), I proceeded to walk back to the hotel. I was talking to a client over the phone when this lady who is perhaps in her late 50's looked at me and said, "hey, I know you?!l. Yes, thanks for noticing. And she said, "I will have a selfie with you". And we did. After that, she told a story that really made my day.
She said, that 30 years ago, she was working in a Mercury Drug in Davao during the first term of Duterte. At that time, she worked night shift and always had problem going home because crime was so prevalent then. One night, she saw Duterte sitting in a tinted taxi and parked near the drug store. She recognized him and began talking to her, the security guard on duty and the pharmacist.
Duterte found out how difficult it was to work at night and it was more difficult to find something to eat because nothing was open because people were afraid. Two days later, Duterte visited again and brought bread for them. I left and went to my hotel with such a good feeling.
You see, these encounters feed your soul. It makes you better. The wedding coordinator who cried told me that I can affect people. And the grandmother who told her story fortified my resolve to support this President. We have something special going on in this country and you just have to go to Davao to see it.
By: Atty. Bruce V. Rivera
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