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Small matter? Hilbay tells Duterte: the greater the extravagance, the more stupendous the hypocrisy

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Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay has given his two cents worth on the controversial Malacanang photo shoot of President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter.

Hilbay said the pre-debut photo shoots of Isabelle, the daughter of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was clear proof of politikos who deceive the public by hiding the their lavish lifestyle under a veneer of austerity.

“Corrupt politicians who sell themselves as populist and pro-poor will pretend to live simple, humble lives,” said in his Twitter post on Monday (December 18).

“A good way to test that fakery is to check the lifestyle of their children and grandchildren,” Hilbay explained.

Hilbay warned that “the greater the extravagance, the more stupendous the hypocrisy.”

Isabelle is the Vice Mayor’s first child with his ex-wie Lovelie Sangkola Sumera.

She was at the Malacanang Palace last December 14 for a photoshoot in preparation for her debudante ball on January 26 and even used the presidential seal.

However, the shoot which was managed by Rita Neri Event Planners and stylist Jeff Galang drew criticisms since it turned Malacanang into a venue for personal events.

Duterte has already defended his grandchild saying the photo shoot was just a small matter.