- President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is yet to finalize his living arrangements after his inauguration
- His common-law wife and their daughter say they prefer to remain in Davao City
- Duterte will be the first President of the Philippines to come from Mindanao
As inauguration day is fast approaching, both the common-law partner and youngest daughter of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte have expressed their desire to remain in their hometown of Davao City even after he takes his oath of office.
Duterte’s 12-year-old daughter Veronica, who is also nicknamed Kitty, said she does not want to leave Davao and live in Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, unless she can be with her best friend.
“Kung hindi ko kasama ang bestfriend ko, ayaw ko. [If I am not with my best friend, I don’t want to],” she told GMA News.
Kitty’s mother and the president-elect’s common-law partner for more than 20 years, Honeylet Avanceña, also expressed qualms about moving to the official presidential residence.
“Natanong ko iyan sa isang lawyer. Wala naman palang bawal na sinasabi sa law na kailangan kang tumira sa Malacañang. [I already asked about that to a lawyer. There is no prohibition in the law that says you have to live in Malacañang],” she explained.
Avanceña had revealed that they would prefer that their daughter would finish her studies in her current school in Davao City. She had also said that she wants to look after her businesses in the city, which she had long made separate from Duterte’s career as Mayor of the city.
For now, no final plans have been set for the living arrangements of the first President to hail from Mindanao.
Despite this, Avanceña is willing to take on her new role as the incoming President’s life partner.
“May iba pa ba siya ng kasama sa bahay? Alam ko pareho kami ng tinitirahan. Nandito na ako eh, wala na akong magagawa. [Does he have anyone else at home? What I know is that we live under the same roof. I am already here, so I have no other choice],” she said.
As for Kitty, her role as presidential daughter is clear and simple.
“Alagaan ko si Papa. Alagaan ko parents ko. And mahalin ko sila. [I will take care of Papa. I will take care of my parents. And I will love them],” she said.