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Please stop calling Honeylet the common law wife — Jullie Yap Daza

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Philippine media should stop calling Honeylet Avanceña as President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife even if they’re not married, journalist Jullie Yap Daza said.

Daza, author of the best-selling book “Etiquette for Mistresses,” said in her April 29 column for the Manila Bulletin that Avanceña deserves to be called something else since “common law wife” sounds so “common (as in vulgar).”

She said Filipinos could learn from the example of the French, who has had presidents with paramours. One visited his ladylove on board a motorcycle while another divorced his wife to remarry.

Duterte’s marriage with Elizabeth Zimmerman, mother of his children Sara, Paolo and Sebastian, has been annulled.

Even without a ring, Daza said Avanceña and Duterte “have been in a good-as-married relationship, which was never a secret.” She noted that the President has praised his partner more than once for her business acumen.

Daza said the Philippine media could learn from the example of a deceased media tycoon whose partner was described as his “long-time companion” in an obituary published after his death since he has long been estranged from his wife.