DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The ex-wife of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, April 5, kicked off her own campaign for the presidential candidate: a 30-day caravan that will make stops in major areas in Mindanao and the Visayas.
Elizabeth Zimmerman organized “Byaheng DU30” with her daughter, former Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. They left with 20 other volunteers on a campaign bus early Tuesday morning and headed to their first stop, Compostela Valley.
Zimmerman, Duterte’s wife for 25 years before their marriage was annulled, has stage 3 breast cancer. Against her doctor’s advice, she is foregoing radiation treatment for a month to campaign for her ex-husband.
A press statement from the Duterte camp said Sara, who is running for Davao mayor, has postponed her scheduled in vitro fertilization to join the campaign trail.
Sara is hopeful that her parents, who have remained friends, will meet in the Visayas for a “bittersweet” reunion.
Duterte’s common-law-wife, Cieleto “Honeylet” Avanceña, has also been seen in the presidential bet’s sorties. – Rappler.com
Editor’s note: In an earlier version of this story, former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was referred to as Sara Duterte-Campos. This has been corrected.