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Duterte jokes about Koko’s second marriage: He will be happy again

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President Rodrigo Duterte believes Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will be “happy again” now that he’s married for the second time.

Duterte mentioned Pimentel’s second wedding in a speech before businessmen in Manila Thursday (October 19).

The President attended the concluding ceremonies of the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at the Manila Hotel before attending Pimentel’s wedding at the Coconut Palace along Roxas Boulevard.

“I have about three more commitments and one of those events would be the marriage of Koko Pimentel. He will be happy again,” he said.

Duterte joked that like Pimentel, he also has two wives.

The President was previously married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, with whom he has three children. He is now with Honeylet Avanceña, the mother of his youngest child Veronica.

Several minutes in his speech, Duterte said he was “running out of time” to speak since he has to be at Pimentel’s wedding as a principal sponsor.

“Koko’s bride may be fretting around. Pati si Koko siguro gusto nang yumakap,” he said.

Pimentel married chef Kathryna Yu in civil rites officiated by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. The senator was previously married to Jewel May Lobaton, with whom he has two sons.