Inisa-isa ng human rights lawyer na si Atty. Chel Diokno ang mga aral na natutuhan niya mula sa namayapa niyang ama na si dating Senador Jose Diokno.

Sa Facebook post ni Diokno nitong Linggo Hunyo, 16, hindi niya ipinagkait na ibahagi sa pagdiriwang ng Father’s Day ang limang naituro ng dating senador sa kaniya.

“My father never told me what to do, he taught by example. The way he lived his life inspired not just his children but many others as well. Here are five things he ‘taught’ me:

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  1. Respect. Dad treated everyone with respect. He treated each person equally, regardless of their station in life. 
  2. Courage. Dad once said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite the fear. He was one of the most courageous persons I ever encountered in my life.
  3. Integrity.  Dad was unwavering in his principles and core values. 
  4. Love of country. He so loved his country he gave it everything he had—and never asked for anything in return. 
  5. How Power can Poison the Heart. After giving a rousing speech before thousands of people at Liwasang Bonifacio which my brother and I attended, he told us that the crowd was so with him that if he had told them to storm the gates of Malacanang they would have followed him—then confided that he did not like to have that kind of power, that it could poison the heart.”

Sa huli, sinabi ni Diokno na ang limang aral na ito ang humubog umano sa kaniya kung sino man siya sa kasalukuyan.

“Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads who lead my example!” saad pa niya.