From President to lecturer, Duterte open to teaching at Davao law school

Published July 17, 2019, 3:56 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Genalyn Kabiling

A former prosecutor, President Duterte may soon get back into teaching.

MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Duterte (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

If he can find time in his workload, the President said he is willing to give a lecture on criminal law at a law school in Davao.

Duterte, speaking at the television program of his friend evangelist Apollo Quiboloy early Wednesday morning, advised law students to listen to his lecture and memorize the revised penal code.

“I give special lectures but criminal law lang ako…that’s why perhaps I am a criminal already,” Duterte said, drawing laughter from the audience.

“I will have time to go around but I’d limit myself to criminal law because it’s not really a forte but it’s where I study more often,” he said when a law student asked if he was willing to be a guest lecturer at the Jose Maria College-College of Law founded by Quiboloy.

Duterte said he used teach at the police academy years ago but stopped when he became mayor of Davao City.

Quiboloy told the audience that Duterte actually agreed to be a guest lecturer at the law school.

“I just talked to him before you asked that question and he agreed to go and spend like 30 minutes to lecture in the JMC College of Law,” the pastor said.

Duterte, a criminal lawyer, said he would just draw a “matrix” so they could easily understand the law. “It’s all there,” he said.

“You just listen and stop talking at the back,” said Duterte, who earned his law degree at San Beda College of Law.

The President also urged law students to memorize the country’s penal code, a lesson he claimed he initially he did not take at heart when he was a student.

“It’s vacation time, might as well memorize the book. Memorize the book. Word for word. Do not go and say ‘I can say it in my own words.’ Your own words is not the law. You give me the law in the book. Memorize it. Page by page,” he said.

“My advice to you read the book first, understand it, and absorb it and start to memorize. Memorize especially the codal provisions,” he added.

 
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