President Rodrigo Duterte is unfazed by threats against his life but is worried for his youngest son, Sebastian or more popularly known “Baste.”
Duterte admitted that he is a little concerned about Baste’s safety due to threats brought by the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs and an all-out war against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
Recently he also waged an all-out war against the Abu Sayyaf after 15 soldiers died in a clash against the ASG in Patikul, Sulu. He added 5 battalions, equivalent to 2,500 soldiers to be concentrated in annihilating the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. This may have been the trigger of the recent Davao City bombing which killed 14 people and injured more than 60 others.
“Nakakatakot lang rin. Ako, Inday, pati sila (Paolo), kaya na nila (Presidential Security Group) yan. Sebastian medyo malikot ito, pasyal ng pasyal. But otherwise, we can defend ourselves,” the President said.
[It seems scary. Me, Inday, Paolo, they (PSG) can handle it. Sebastian is quite frisky, he usually travels.]
But as much as the President worries for the Filipino people, he often conceals his vulnerability worrying for the safety of his loved ones as he fights war for everyone. He especially worry about his youngest son.