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Duterte’s partner Honeylet ready to take on role of First Lady


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's partner, Honeylet Avanceña, is prepared to take on the role of First Lady.

"May iba pa ba siya ng kasama sa bahay? Alam ko pareho kami ng tinitirahan," Avanceña told GMA News' Ian Cruz when asked in an exclusive interview if she will be Duterte's First Lady.

"Nandito na ako eh, wala na akong magagawa," she added.

In an interview during the campaign period, Duterte told radio dzBB that incoming Davao City Mayor Sara Zimmerman will be his First Lady.

Duterte, however, also said during the same interview that he could have two First Ladies, Avanceña and his first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman.

On his certificate of candidacy, Duterte listed himself as single because his marriage with Zimmerman has been officially annulled. He is not married to Avanceña.

Duterte has three children with Zimmerman—Sara, Paolo, and Sebastian—and one daughter, Veronica, with Avanceña.

Avanceña said during the interview that instead of speculating on who will be Duterte's First Lady, it would be best to just wait for the inauguration of her partner.

Avanceña, a former nurse, said during the interview that her advocacy would be for the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers and Filipino nurses.

Meanwhile, Duterte's partner said that she would prefer to stay in their home in Davao City instead of living in Malacañang for the next six years.

Their daughter, Veronica, is currently enrolled in a private school in Davao City.

In a separate interview, Duterte's youngest daughter said she is also ready to fulfill her duties as a presidential daughter.

“Alagaan ko po si Papa. Aalagaan ko ang parents ko. Mamahalin ko sila,” she said.

Meanwhile, Avanceña urged Filipinos to let her partner do his work as president.

She assured that Duterte will not do anything against the law during his six-year term.

“Hiling ko lang, hayaan lang natin na magtrabaho siya. Kasi magtatrabaho naman talaga ‘yan. Tsaka wala siyang gagawin na labag sa batas. Ang gagawin niya ay para sa kabutihan ng mga Pilipino,” she said. —Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena/ALG, GMA News

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