The iconic soldier who got blind during the operation that visited by President Duterte in AFP Medical Center was again invited for a dinner in Malacanang to honor them for their sacrifices for this country.
Lieutenant Jerome Jacub delivered his emotional message to Duterte and he also shared the story of his struggles and when he personally met the President.
“Madalas po ang sasabihin ko Magandang Gabi kahit umaga kasi palagi namang gabi ang pakiramdam ko” Jerome Jacuba said to his speech
He said that before President Duterte visited the AFP Medical Center, he already locked himself for 4 weeks and already fell hopeless. But everything changes when the President personally visited him and comforted him, Duterte also said that he will reinvent Jerome.
“Marami pa akong gustong gawin, marami pa akong pangarap sa buhay, yung mga anak ko paano na sila? hindi ko na makikita yung paglaki nila, hindi ko na makikita yung kung gaano sila kagaling mag drawing, kung gaano sila kagaling sumayaw, pero gayon pa man, simula noong bumisita doon si Presidente talagang nagbago ang lahat, at ito’y dahil sa isang panalangin” Jacuba added.
He also compared his encounter with Duterte to the story of Bartimaeus in the bible.
“Noong iniisa isa niya yung mga pasyente doon, saka noong lumapit siya sakin, yun palang sana yung pagkakataon na makakaharap ko at makikita sa personal ang isang Presidente, pinagkait pa, so simula non, nakita niyo naman sa mga Social Media na maraming salamat sa inyo Sir[Duterte] kasi nag viral ako dahil sayo” Jacuba said to his audience.
He also thanked Duterte because after they met, many blessings came from him and for mentioning him in his every speech.
Jerome is now studying in a computer school for a blind and called Duterte as a Hero of the heroes.
“Kung kami man ay isang Bayani sir, ikaw yung Bayani ng mga Bayani, ikaw yung Bayani namin sir, ikaw yung nagbigay buhay, ikaw yung nag lift up ng morale naming mga sundalo, ikaw lang yung Preidente na nagikot lahat ng mga kampo, napaka sinsero yan talaga yung leader talaga na sinsero sa kanyang ginagawa”
His speech made the Netizens teary-eyed and he received standing ovation from his audience.