President Rodrigo Duterte fired off a joke directed at his youngest son, Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, during the graduation ceremonies yesterday of the Philippine National Police Academy Masidlak Class of 2017 in Silang, Cavite.
The President quipped, "[Baste] does nothing but look for women. He does nothing else. I wish he would join the PMA [Philippine Military Academy] so he could get beaten there."
Edith Regalado notes in her report in the Philippine Star: "The PMA is the country's premier military school in Baguio City where cadets undergo rigorous training and stern discipline."
Regalado suggests that the President thinks Baste needs more discipline or to be taught a lesson for neglecting his children. Baste has two kids with two different women, one of whom is Kate Necesario, whom he dated alongside Ellen Adarna. Baste's mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman, is taking care of Baste's eldest child.
As for lecturing Baste in public, Regalado explains: "Duterte earlier admitted that he does not get to talk to Sebastian often, that is why he uses the media to call his attention.
It's worth noting that Baste is no longer eligible to be a PMA cadet, because there is an age limit of 22 years old for those who seek admission. Baste is already 28.