Veteran photographer who covered Duterte since 1986: "He has soft heart despite rough image"

Veteran photojournalist Rene Lumawag was one of the people who can say that he saw the rise of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Veteran photographer Rene Lumawag / Photo credit to the owner

A report by Steve Dailisan on GMA-7’s “24 Oras” on Thursday said that Lumawag has been following Duterte since he served as Davao City Vice Mayor in 1986, earning him years and boxes of photos of the next most powerful man in the Philippines.

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Photo credit to the owner

Having followed Duterte for three decades, Lumawag has been familiar with Duterte’s quirks and choice of wardrobe and allies, and love for guns. He said that Duterte has never been fond of wearing Barong Tagalog. He has always been a polo shirt kind of guy.

The photojournalist said that Duterte spent his time as Mayor going  within and with lumads.

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Mapapansin mo agad sa kanya, umiikot siya eh. Umiikot siya. Sosyalan, sa mga slums, ganoon. Kung may problema, nandoon siya, kung may sunog,” Lumawag said.

Of all the activities of the Davao City Mayor that he covered, he can never forget the time when Duterte offered himself to hostage-takers for the release of the victims. The incident happened in Compostela Valley.

Siya ang nagpa-hostage na isama iyong mga hostages sa siyudad, dito sa downton, sa [Davao] City Hall,” Lumawag recalled.

Lumawag also said that Duterte has a soft spot, despite his rough ways and foul mouth.
Photo credit to the owner
Photo credit to the owner

Alam ko ang pagkatao niya eh. Ayaw niya ng bad guys. Mahal niya ang mga good guys. At binibigyan niya ng konsuelo iyong mga magagaling, mababait,” he said.


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Veteran photographer who covered Duterte since 1986: "He has soft heart despite rough image" Veteran photographer who covered Duterte since 1986: "He has soft heart despite rough image" Reviewed by Nathan Singson on April 13, 2019 Rating: 5

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