A former San Beda classmate and roommate of President Rodrigo Duterte detailed why activist-musician Jaime Ramon “Jim” Peredes hold grudges against the current Philippine President. Lawyer-businessman Atty. Rafael Bencamino, said during a Radyo Agong interview on Friday that Paredes dislike Duterte since college.
According to Buencamino, the Paredes-Duterte feud started when Paredes lost to Duterte in an inter-college Extemporaneous Speaking contest sometime in 1971 – Duterte’s last years in San Beda.
“Natalo siya (Paredes) sa speech contest, freshman siya noon sa Ateneo, medyo mataas ang pride kaya hindi natanggap ang pagkatalo.
Dahil aktibista sila, hinimok niya si Rody na sumali sa pagiging aktibista, ngunit tumindi ang pagka-insulto niya nang tumanggi si Rody”, Buencamino said.
Beuncamino added that Paredes’s anger to Duterte was peaked when the former courted one of Duterte’s female classmates. Paredes thought Duterte was speaking badly about him that’s why the girl rejected him.
“Akala niya kasi sinisiraan namin siya kung kaya’t nabasted siya”, Buencamino added.
“I think Paredes’ life is full of failures and disappointments in politics that’s why he is jealous especially to the people who beat him earlier. Hindi niya rin matanggap noon na naging Mayor si Rody, lalo pa ngayong naging Presidente.
E sya natalo nong tumakbong Brgy. Kapitan sa Kanila,” Buencamino added. Paredes is a known staunch critic of President Duterte and was present during the EDSA Anniversary where he and Duterte supporters exchanges tirades.