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Prank partners: Duterte recalls pilfering dorm pantry with mischievous Bello, honest Dulay

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President Rodrigo Duterte reminisced on a dormitory heist he and his room mates pulled during their college years where he got to know better his future government appointees.

In a speech, Duterte recalled with fondness how he and his college buddies – Labor Secretary Bebot Bello and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay – spent one lazy afternoon during Holy Week in the early 1970s to steal the dormitory’s imported canned goods and cigarettes.

“When we were students in the dormitory, because it was Holy Week and nobody was manning the fort, the kitchen, and everything. May naimbento kami na magnakaw. ‘Paano ito gutom? Nakawin natin lahat ‘yan’. Pati ‘yung mga sigarilyo mga Virginia Slims ubos,” said Duterte.

Duterte said only the spendthrift Bello joined him in raiding the pantry while the straight arrow Dulay stayed put in their room. But Duterte said Dulay had no qualms sharing in their booty.

“Hindi talaga sumali. Sabi ko, ‘Tara, nakawin natin ‘yan’. Dulay: ‘Bahala kayo diyan’. Pero pagbalik namin, kasali siya sa kain,” said Duterte.

It could have been the perfect crime if they covered their tracks. Duterte said cops came knocking the following day and queried the law students on the suspiciously large amount cigarette butts thrown outside their window.

“We just flicked it outside the window. So when the police arrived days after, they were looking at the windows where the spent cigarette stubs were thrown. Eh ‘yung bintana ko puno, ‘yung ibang magnanakaw puno.

So tingnan lang niya ‘yung window, dito galing ‘yan. Kaya si Bebot una,” said Duterte.

“Sabi ng pulis, ‘Kayo?’ ‘Bakit kami? Sabi, ‘Nakita ko ‘yung sigarilyo. Winston, Chesterfield nandoon’. Inubos talaga namin eh. Sabi ko, ‘Tapos? Ano ngayon? Ebidensya ba ‘yan? Bahala kayo’,” said Duterte.

But Dulay proved to be the weak link among the three as he immediately owed up to the petty crime.

“Wala man nag-admit pero si Dulay talaga — that’s why I said Dulay. I can — you know, you can leave your son with Dulay. Hindi talaga ‘yan. Ayaw talagang… Ito si Bello, kasali ito sa pag-ano. Kilala ko ‘yung kung sino ‘yung magnanakaw, sino ‘yung hindi,” he said.