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Kahit chickboy pa rin: Duterte calls Honeylet his ‘true love’

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President Rodrigo Duterte considers his long time partner, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, as his true love despite being married once and boasting about having girlfriends on the side.

During the opening of a new Gaisano mall in Davao City Friday (October 19), Duterte shared that a female governor in Mindanao supported his presidential bid in 2016 because they were in a relationship.

He did not mention the politiko’s name, but he has identified Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante Matba as one of the few local officials who endorsed him in previous speeches.

Duterte said that while he and the governor had a relationship, his heart only belongs to Avanceña now.

“But she is really my true love, Honeylet. Out of everyone else that I know, she’s the one that I will really believe in. Just like Gokongwei and the Gaisanos. They’re bright,” he said.

Duterte said Avanceña invested her earnings as a nurse abroad to put up franchises of Mister Donut and meat shops all over Davao City.

“When she came home, she had saved up for capital, she franchised another one and then ventured into the meat business. The meat being sold here is hers. Besides, who would try to compete against the wife of the mayor or President? Ah now she’s really rich,” he said.

Duterte advised Avanceña not to be jealous because “we’re already old.”

The President was previously married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, with whom he has three children. He and Avanceña have a daughter, Veronica.