Elizabeth Zimmerman, the former wife of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now joining Byaheng DU30, a 30-day campaign caravan for the presidential bid of the Davao City mayor in Visayas and Mindanao. This is despite the fact that they have been separated since 1998 after 27 years of marriage, and she is now battling a Stage-3 cancer.
Contrary to what some Duterte critics suggest, Rody and Elizabeth remain good friends after their marriage was annulled. Despite living now with his common-law wife, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, Mayor Rody Duterte canceled his Manila trips last August to visit his ex-wife in Davao to make sure that she is ready for her operation.
“I wanted to help him because he is still part of my family, he is the father of my children.”Elizabeth Zimmerman was quoted at Byaheng DU30 Facebook page this Tuesday, April 5, along with photos of her and the members of the group including former Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, the daughter of Rody and Elizabeth.
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“We may be annulled in court but we were also married in the church and the Catholic church never annulled our marriage. I wanted to complete at least seventeen radiation sessions before stopping the treatment and go out to campaign.” She added, who still needs 16 more radiation sessions to finish the 33 sessions as required by her doctor.
Zimmerman, who has two other children with Mayor Duterte including Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, noted that she also wants to answer all their questions about her former husband so the public will know him better. This is also to help convince them to vote for Duterte for president this coming May 9 elections.
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Credit: Byaheng DU30 Facebook
The Byaheng DU30 campaign caravan is set to visit various areas in Visayas and Mindanao, including Tuburan, Cebu and Hilongos, Leyte where Zimmerman’s parents were born. As of posting, the road tour is now its way to Compostela Valley. The group said that their future activities will be posted at their Facebook page as they happen.
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