DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has explained the absence of Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena and her daughter Veronica in the official family portrait OF the First Family.
“To everybody questioning the whereabouts of Ms. Avanceña and Kitty Duterte they have their own family picture,” said Pulong Duterte, on Facebook.
On June 30, Malacanang released the official family portrait of the First Family that was taken in the Palace after the inauguration of President Duterte.
Among those who joined the photo session were Duterte’s former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, their children Paolo, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara, and Sebastian, grandchildren, and the President’s sister.
President Duterte, 71, was married to flight attendant Elizabeth Zimmerman for 27 years. Their marriage was annulled in 2000. They have three kids Paolo, Sara, and Sebastian.
Duterte had a string of relationships. But Duterte decided to stay with Avancena, a former beauty queen from Valenzuela. They have a 12-year-old daughter named Veronica, also known as Kitty.
President Duterte and Avancena are not yet married. But Avancena said in an exclusive interview on ABS-CBN that she is still hopeful she will walk down the aisle with the President.
At the inauguration, Kitty held the Holy Bible for her father.
President Duterte has admitted being a womanizer. Aside from having two wives, he said that he has two girlfriends.
“Dalawa ang girlfriend ko. Gusto n’yo ako maging presidente? Kailangan n’yo malaman ang pagkatao ko,” said Duterte then, before he joined the presidential race for 2016.
Duterte also admitted that he can no longer perform well in bed because of his age.
“Noon nung bata pa ako, overnight, medyo magastos yun. Noong matanda na ako, short time, kasi napaka-short na talaga ang panahon ko. Pagkatapos ng isang kilat ’yun na ’yun. No more. Kung walang Viagra, hirap pa,” he recalled.
The President has never hesitated to show his fondness for women.
Despite being a womanizer, his supporters in Davao City have lauded his programs that pushed to empower women.