Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte explained this Thursday, June 30 why Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena and her daughter, Veronica “Kitty” with President Rodrigo Duterte are not in the official Duterte family photo during the inauguration day. This is after some Duterte bashers teased Duterte’s second family, and posted insulting comments.
“To everybody questioning the whereabouts of Ms. Avanceña and Kitty Duterte they have their own family picture…NAA AMONG INAHAN KAY AMOA SIYANG INAHAN UG WA NAMOY LABOT ANA…” Paolo Duterte wrote, as a comment to their official family photo taken before President Duterte’s inauguration he shared on his official Facebook page.
The said photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and his ex-wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman sitting beside each other. On the president’s right side is their grandson, Mateo Lucas D. Carpio. Nicknamed “Stingray”, his parents, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara (Duterte’s oldest daughter) and her husband-lawyer Manases R. Carpio are also in the picture.
Also included in the photo are Paolo and wife, January Duterte, Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte and Kate Necesario (Baste’s girlfriend), and the rest of Duterte’s grandchildren. Rody Duterte and Zimmerman got married in 1973, but Elizabeth filed for for annulment in 1998. Thier marriage was officially annuled in 2000, but the two remained friends.
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Honeylet is President Duterte’s common law wife for 20 years, and their daughter Kitty is now 12 years old. Avancena, 46, is a former beauty queen and OFW, and has now 11 Mister Donut franchises. Nevertheless, she said that she did not use Duterte’s influence for her business. Duterte reportedly first met her in 1988 in Davao City.
President Rodrigo Duterte, Honeylet Avancena and Kitty Duterte, before the inauguration; Credit: RTVM
Honeylet was very visible during Duterte’ presidential campaign, along with Kitty Duterte. On the other hand, Elizabeth Zimmerman, despite being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2015, also campaign for Duterte via Byaheng Du30, along with Inday Sara. In an interview, Honeylet said that she and Elizabeth are civil to each other.