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Honeylet Avanceña offers touching tribute to OFWs

May 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

In a rare speech, the woman President Duterte calls his 'First Lady' speaks of her own experience as a migrant worker in the United States

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds while witnessing the program proper during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. Also in the photo is the President's long-time partner Cielito Avanceña. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte makes 2nd unannounced Hong Kong trip in 4 months

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirms the Hong Kong trip, adding it was the birthday of President Rodrigo Duterte's partner Honeylet. Their daughter Kitty was also with them.

IN PHOTOS: Duterte's 2 'First Ladies' join him in China, Hong Kong

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:59 AM

Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joins her father for the first time in an official trip abroad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio make their way inside the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Honeylet Avanceña wants Pasig River rehab tackled in Cabinet meeting

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The President's partner is now able to suggest agenda items for Cabinet meetings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gets his attire fixed by his partner Honeylet as they prepare to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners for the dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO

Duterte appoints Honeylet's cousin as HUDCC deputy secretary general

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Melissa Avanceña Aradanas returns to the Duterte administration 3 months after she was sacked along with other officials of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

The Dutertes: A family in the national spotlight

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:10 PM

More than a year after Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidency, controversy after controversy hound members of his family, heightening the nation's fascination with them

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace, where the inaugural ceremony will take place, together with his children Paulo, Sara, Sebastian and Veronica. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

Among PCUP execs fired: Honeylet Avanceña’s ‘cousin’

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM

PCUP Commissioner Melissa Aradanas and other relatives have dinner with Honeylet and President Rodrigo Duterte in their Manila residence before the President announces his decision to 'fire' an entire commission

LOOK: Chinese-Filipino cuisine, playlist at state banquet for Li

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Crispy fish skin and sliced suckling pig are served with hototay soup and coconut milk pudding at the dinner for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

GRAND DINNER. President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña sit at the presidential table with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the state banquet held in his honor. RTVM screenshot

Low-key elegance: Honeylet Avanceña's ASEAN Summit looks

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The President's partner keeps it simple when meeting some of the most powerful people in the world

SILVER BELLE. President Duterte's partner Honeylet Avanceña looks elegant in a silver terno as she greets Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Malacañang Photo

LOOK: World leaders' spouses tour Cultural Center of the Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The spouses are also treated to lunch at the Manila Hotel where they witnessed a fashion show organized by Filipino designer Randy Ortiz

TREAT. Spouses of world leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit are given a tour inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Screengrab from ASEAN pool video

Meet the spouses of the ASEAN leaders

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Rappler places the spotlight on some of the spouses of the ASEAN leaders, from Brunei's Queen Saleha to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña

MEET THE SPOUSES. Rappler looks at some of the spouses of ASEAN leaders. File photos from

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 30-November 5, 2017

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

Duterte awed by simplicity of Japan Emperor and Empress

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The Philippine leader says the royal couple's unassuming comportment is truly 'befitting the title of Majesty'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Japan Emperor Akihito to the Tokyo Imperial Palace for a meeting on October 31, 2017. Also in the photo is the President's partner Honeylet. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte, Honeylet meet Emperor and Empress of Japan

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Their meeting with the royal couple is the Philippine president's last official activity in his two-day visit to Japan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Emperor Akihito exchange pleasantries as well as the President's partner Honeylet and the Emperor's wife Empress Michiko during their meeting at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on October 31, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Mrs Abe posts photos with Duterte, Honeylet

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:52 PM

The wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an active social media user, uploads the photos on Facebook

JAPAN GUESTS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and First Lady Ackie Abe, with guests President Rodrigo Duterte and Honeylet. From the Facebook account of Japanese First Lady Ackie Abe

Trillanes claims Duterte bought P80-M insurance for 4 kids in cash in 2014

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'Ano ba pinagkakakitaan mo, Mr Duterte? Mayor ka lang naman ng Davao City ng panahon na 'yan. Wala ka naman negosyo,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

File photo by Malacañang

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Oct 03, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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If Duterte orders killings, why is Trillanes still alive? – Honeylet

Oct 02, 2017 - 9:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's long-time partner Honeylet Avanceña comes to his defense amid accusations that he's behind killings

DEFENSIVE. Honeylet Avancena guards President Duterte from accusations that he orders killings. Rappler file photo

Why Honeylet Avanceña had lunch with Melania Trump

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Long-time partner of the President, Honeylet Avanceña says the dinner with Melania Trump was 'non-political' but she ends up talking about Marawi and Duterte himself

FIRST LADY. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte with his spouse, Honeylet Avancena before the ASEAN gala night at Sofitel Hotel on April 29, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP launches ‘Life After Tokhang’ drug rehab program

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expands its role in the drug war to include rehabilitation

PATH TO REHAB. Thousands of drug suspects take their oath to participate in drug rehabilitation. File photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

LOOK: Melania Trump's invitation for Honeylet Avanceña

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Malacañang gives reporters a copy of this invitation after President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife, Honeylet Avanceña, draws flak for her US trip

Malacañang photo

Duterte and Kim, Avancena, Nuclear weapons ban | Midday wRap

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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Melania Trump invited Honeylet Avanceña to New York event – Malacañang

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife previously said she is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly

Honeylet Avanceña seen in New York for UN General Assembly

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife says she was 'invited' to the high-profile gathering but refuses to say what her role was at the event

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by his partner Honeylet during the departure in Beijing Capital International Airport in China on May 15, 2017. Along with the Philippine delegation, Pres. Duterte and his partner Honeylet have their picture taken while onboard the presidential plane going back to the Philippines after the successful engagement in Cambodia, Hongkong and China. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Honeylet to 'recycle' barong, gown for SONA 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

While the couple prefers to reuse outfits worn in previous events for Duterte s second SONA Davao based designers offer Marawi inspired options

The evolution of Duterte’s First Lady: Honeylet Avanceña

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

From Rodrigo Duterte s quiet companion on the campaign trail to his stunning red carpet partner during his presidency Honeylet Avanceña has come a long way First Lady or not

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña welcome Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong upon his arrival at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines on April 29, 2017 for the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. ASEAN PHOTO

Baste Duterte joins his father on Russia trip

May 23, 2017 - 2:20 PM

This is Baste s first time to join a presidential overseas trip The President is also accompanied by his partner Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Kitty

FATHER AND SON. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte waits for his youngest son Baste Duterte outside the Davao International Airport before their flight to Moscow on May 22, 2017. Malacañang photo  PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Honeylet joins leaders' spouses in Forbidden City tour

May 15, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte s partner goes on a tour of the World Heritage Site with 19 other spouses of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum in China

SEEING THE SIGHTS. President Rodrigo Duterte's partner Honeylet Avanceña joins the spouses' program for the partners of the different heads of state who attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Presidential photo

Duterte 'jokes' about mystery woman 'Vanessa'

May 14, 2017 - 7:57 AM

The President jokes of a wealthy single woman from Metro Manila who he brings often during foreign trips

MYSTERY WOMAN? President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go board the presidential car upon their arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia. Presidential photo

Honeylet as ‘First Lady’ or ‘partner’? Palace comms confused too

May 12, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Palace communications team amends a photo caption that identifies Honeylet Avanceña as Duterte s First Lady and uses the term longtime partner instead

BY DUTERTE'S SIDE. President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña wave to the reception party upon their arrival at the Phnom Penh International Airport in Cambodia on May 10, 2017. Presidential photo

IN PHOTOS: Honeylet and Kitty in Phnom Penh

May 12, 2017 - 10:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s family members go on a hospital visit and a tour of several attractions in the Cambodian capital

While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 11, 2017, his First Lady Honeylet and their daughter Veronica take time to show their compassion to the ailing children of the Kantha Bopha IV Children's Hospital. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Honeylet, Kitty join Duterte on foreign trip for 1st time

May 10, 2017 - 7:48 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte brings along his partner and daughter to help him cope with one of the things he says he is most averse to – traveling abroad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, his partner Honeylet and their daughter Veronica pose for a photo while inside Philippine Airlines Flight PR001 bound for Cambodia on May 10, 2017. The President is scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017 on May 11. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Honeylet Avanceña hosts museum tour for ASEAN leaders' spouses

Apr 29, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED It marks the ASEAN debut of President Rodrigo Duterte s common law spouse who took on the role of First Lady despite having no official designation

ASEAN LADIES. President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña hosts the spouses of ASEAN leaders at the National Museum. Photo by Malacañang

Duterte, ASEAN VIPs to wear Mindanao designs at gala dinner

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:35 PM

UPDATED President Duterte and his fellow ASEAN leaders will wear barong with Mindanao designs by Rajo Laurel Aung San Suu Kyi and spouses will wear designs by Rhett Eala

DRESSED UP FOR DINNER. President Rodrigo Duterte and other heads of states wear traditional Laos clothes during the  the gala night of last year's ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos on September 7. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

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Apr 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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Honeylet Avanceña to host ASEAN leaders' spouses

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED The President s common law wife will tour the spouses at the National Museum to be followed by lunch on Saturday April 29

'OFFICIAL HOSTESS.' President Duterte's common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña (in turquoise) attends his inauguration with their daughter Veronica.  File photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

Duterte dons full army uniform for common-law wife

Apr 05, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The Commander in Chief tries out the uniform given to him by the Philippine Army during their anniversary

Duterte: Want many wives? Say you're atheist

Apr 04, 2017 - 9:19 PM

It s a chauvinist statement but really there are so many women and so short a time in this world says the President

LOVER OF WOMEN. President Duterte says men who want to have multiple wives should say they're atheist. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte attends daughter Kitty's graduation

Mar 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The 12 year old is a Grade 6 student at the Stella Maris Academy of Davao

Photo from Bong Go

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Feb 17, 2017 - 2:48 PM

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Feb 17, 2017 - 10:15 AM

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Honeylet Avanceña had P187.6M in banks – Trillanes document

Feb 16, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Administration critic Senator Antonio Trillanes IV releases the supposed bank transactions of President Rodrigo Duterte s common law wife

TRILLANES DOCS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is joined by his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña as Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa gives a toast during the birthday celebration of Japan Emperor Akihito at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on December 1, 2016. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Campaign donor gave P118M to Honeylet, 3 Duterte kids – Trillanes

Feb 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Businessman Samuel Uy allegedly deposited millions to the accounts of Honeylet Avanceña Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Sebastian Duterte from 2011 to 2013 says Senator Antonio Trilllanes IV

DUTERTE BANK ACCOUNTS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference on February 16, 2017, on the alleged on P2.4-billion bank accounts of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

LOOK: Duterte sends ex-wife flowers, cake on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Despite his busy first year as Chief Executive President Rodrigo Duterte does not forget to keep his February 14 tradition: sending gifts to ex wife Elizabeth Zimmerman

Honeylet Avanceña escorts Mrs Abe to Japanese cemetery

Jan 13, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Escorting the spouse of a foreign head of government is a task typically given to a First Lady

DUTERTE PARTNER. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife, Honeylet Avancena, accompanies Mrs Akie Abe to a Japanese cemetery on January 13, 2017. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte's simple Christmas Eve celebration

Dec 26, 2016 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte chooses to spend his 1st Christmas as chief executive in his home in Davao City with his common law wife daughter and friends

FIRST CHRISTMAS. President Rodrigo Duterte spends his 1st Christmas as chief executive in his home in Davao City. Photo courtesy of Rep Lord Allan Velasco

Bookworm Duterte's recommended reads

Aug 06, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Want to know what President Duterte is reading? Here are two books he highly recommends – one about the South China Sea and another about the Mexican drug war

'Lata na saging' and other Duterte quirks

Jul 31, 2016 - 6:00 PM

When he is with Davao based journalists he s known for a long time the President turns into the mayor they are all so familiar with

Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Duterte's secret life in Bahay Pangarap

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:09 PM

President Duterte and common law wife Honeylet Avanceña open the doors of Bahay Pangarap to select media and share their family s struggle for normalcy

'BAHAY PAGBABAGO.' An exhausted President Duterte lets journalists inside his official residence in Manila on July 26, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler