Duterte knows history will not remember him unless he gets assassinated: But I hope God remembers that I did good things for my fellowmen
President Rodrigo Duterte has no illusion that people will remember him because he believes history books are only for those who have died through an assassination like Roman Emperor Julius Caesar and former Senator Ninoy Aquino.
Duterte said this was the reason why he shunned public adulation and awards because these would not be worth anything after his death.
“Maski anong gawa mo memorabilia, ganun, a hero. You cannot build a (monument) for you to be remembered for all time. Julius Caesar was only remembered because he was stabbed by the senator. ‘Yun lang. Noy, because he was shot by…,” said Duterte in an interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
“Wala. Ang tao is not… When you are gone, you are gone. People will not remember you. You don’t see ‘yung mga awards, plaque I do not keep except the paintings, of course kasi mahirap gawain ‘yan eh but I have a lot of it. Pangit, hindi masiyado pangit,” he added.
Duterte said the only legacy he wanted to leave was that of being a government worker who served well other people.
“When I’m gone, forget me. I would be flying, soaring the universe. And it would also take you some — a life without an end to cover the entire universe,” said Duterte.
“But God maybe will remember me, hindi naman marami, not so many things, but for the good times that I did good things for my fellowmen,” he added.