Baste Duterte joins his father on Russia trip

Pia Ranada
Baste Duterte joins his father on Russia trip
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.

MOSCOW, Russia – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s youngest son Sebastian Duterte joined him on his official visit to Russia, his first time joining a foreign trip of his father.

A Palace official confirmed that the younger Duterte, known as Baste, is part of the delegation. There are also photos of him inside the presidential plane posted by fellow passengers on their social media accounts.

Baste is not the only Duterte family member joining the trip. Also in Moscow is the President’s partner Honeylet Avanceña and their 13-year-old daughter Veronica or Kitty.

OFF TO RUSSIA. Honeylet Avanceña and Kitty Duterte wait for their flight to Moscow aboard the presidential plane on May 22, 2017. Malacañang photo

This is the second time Honeylet and Kitty are joining the President on an overseas trip. They previously accompanied him during his back-to-back Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Beijing visits, earlier this month.

Baste, 29, is Duterte’s youngest son with his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman. Baste’s older siblings are Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

Despite being in a family of government officials, Baste has, for the most part, stayed away from politics. But he helped out during his father’s 2016 presidential campaign, speaking to youth groups and attending sorties.

Baste owns a junk shop business and is fond of surfing.

His father has chastised him publicly, calling him out for supposedly never visiting his children. Baste has two young children with different women. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.