Sebastian “Baste” Duterte is the youngest son of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a person extensively criticised for his bloody crackdown on suspected drug sellers and abusers which has left hundreds useless.
However whereas Baste’s older siblings are each influential state politicians within the household stronghold of Davao Metropolis, he has up to now chosen a unique path.
For starters, he is a devoted surfer. The sporty 29-year-old usually posts photos of himself on his much-followed social media accounts, using waves or waxing down surfboards, a lot to the delight of his largely feminine fan base.
And this weekend sees the launch of his personal actuality journey present known as Lakbai (loosely translated as “journey” within the Tagalog language).
Airing on a significant Filipino community, the present’s producers promise “fun and adventure”.
“It is an journey actuality present for down-to-earth, outdoor-loving and daring personalities,” mentioned Mellannie Yazon-Tolentino, head of content material and programming at TV5.
She informed BBC Information that the younger Duterte was chosen to host the eight-part sequence for his “attraction and embodiment” with the Philippine millennial market.
The truth present was produced with “native authorities help”, she mentioned.
“He’ll immerse himself in several cultures and meet totally different individuals from much less found locations,” Ms Yazon-Tolentino mentioned.
Not a lot was recognized in regards to the president’s youngest son till a public spat broke out in February.
“My youngest son is a jerk,” the all the time outspoken President Duterte mentioned, at an occasion selling a authorities tax marketing campaign.
He had known as Sebastian out for his “lover boy” lifestyle and for not spending sufficient time together with his two younger kids.
He added that he “by no means confronted problem” when coping with his different kids.
President Duterte has three kids together with his first spouse: son Paolo, 41, daughter Sara, 38, and Sebastian. He additionally has a 13-year-old daughter named Veronica – or Kitty – together with his present companion, former magnificence queen Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena.
The president has been outlined by his tough-talking nature and iron-fisted rule. It is an unconventional strategy that, whereas alarming rights teams and overseas international locations, has endeared him to voters.
Political observers say this has additionally been his strategy to parenting – publicly scolding his kids, calling his oldest daughter a “drama queen” for saying she was raped and saying he’d don’t have any qualms in killing any of them in the event that they ever received concerned in medication.
Joseph Franco, analysis fellow on the S Rajatnam College of Worldwide Research described Mr Duterte’s parenting type as “Asian tiger blended with macho Latino traits instead of filial piety”.
“Duterte and Sebastian’s relationship is extra estranged in comparison with his siblings who went into politics,” he says however provides that it has been “nice storytelling” which has benefitted the strongman chief.
“Dad preaching good behaviour to a wayward son is nice for optics. There’s nothing like a human curiosity narrative to humanise the brains of a battle on medication.”
Not like his father and siblings who studied legislation, Sebastian pursued a level in political science.
Whereas he has expressed no real interest in politics, he admitted to tv host Luchi Cruz-Valdes that he “was not closing his doorways” on a political profession.
“He informed me that he feels there may be an excessive amount of politics happening in his household proper now,” she mentioned with amusing.
Ms Valdes, who interviewed him as soon as on her present, additionally described him as “very charming and down-to-earth”.
“Everybody on set anticipated him to be quiet. However he turned out to be very candid and refreshing to interview so he caught us abruptly.”
“Frankly, the one motive Sebastian has change into so standard is as a result of he is the son of our president,” she mentioned.
Davao journalist Stella Estremera agreed, saying that Sebastian’s unwillingness to be a “presidential son” has endeared him to the general public.
“Even when his father was the mayor of Davao, he nonetheless most popular to remain distant from the general public eye,” she mentioned.
“He simply desires to be Sebastian.”
Sebastian Duterte will not be headed in any political course for now. However public curiosity in him meant a showbiz calling.
Whereas he is all the time been protecting of his personal life, his lively profiles on Facebook and Instagram appeal to greater than 463,000 followers. There are additionally dozens of fan clubs devoted to the presidential son.
“Leisure and politics within the Philippines are perpetually linked,” defined Dolly Anne Carvajal. “Many actors foray into politics and a few politicians marry celebrities so Sebastian’s fame is hardly shocking.”
The Manila-based leisure columnist informed BBC Information that native magazines which featured Sebastian Duterte on their covers additionally loved “brisk gross sales”.
“Sebastian is certainly the preferred Duterte youngster. His dangerous boy picture and rugged seems make him film star materials,” Ms Cruz mentioned.
“He additionally loves ladies so he is loads like his dad in that sense.”