The Internet has been lighted-up by the name of Isabelle Duterte but many people still didn’t know who she really is. People who heard the term “Duterte” may immediately refer to the President, but what if the term has a different first name?
For everyone’s convenience, let’s examine how this presidential grand-daughter brought into spotlight and snatching headlines here and there.
Isabelle Lovelie Duterte (born January 26, 2002) is the daughter of controversial ex-Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his first wife Lovelie Sangkola. Paolo is the son of another controversial figure, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, making Isabelle his granddaughter.
Isabelle caught media attention when she took her pre-debut pictorials inside the Malacañang Palace last month. The incident received mixed reactions from both critics and supporters of the President.
She then posted on her Twitter account an apparent outrage on her father as she spoke of “how he should not physically hurt somebody just because you have a position in the city.”
“It’s not that if you have power, you can already hurt people,” she wrote in Cebuano.
Isabelle added: “The one you’re touching is also human!!!! Not only human but a child!”
Paolo later became angry with his daughter and the two exchanged barbs online.
“Change your family name if you want! You don’t have respect! You just embarrassed yourself! Get an education so your brain isn’t empty. You don’t know how to listen anymore because you’re famous? Famous, for what, Belle? Famous for disparaging a father? Just wait for my death so you will be free from me! Pray for it, woman!” said Paolo one of his Facebook posts.
The war of words continued and later on, Paolo Duterte resigned as Vice Mayor.
Since Paolo Duterte himself experienced living with a broken family in between his father, Rodrigo Duterte and his mother Elizabeth Zimmerman, is it not a surprise that Isabelle Duterte would experience the same. It’s an inheritance thing. Parents’ failures are always handed down to children.
Based on how Isabelle reacts, it is safe to say that this rebellious young socialite is nothing but an attention hungry prick.
Studies in the early 1980’s showed that children in broken marriages earned lower grades and their peers rated them as less pleasant to be around (so no wonder why Isabelle has a small brain). (Andrew J. Cherlin, Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage –Harvard University Press 1981)
Teenagers in single-parent families and in blended families are three times more likely to need psychological help within a given year.(It’s a father like daughter thing) (Peter Hill “Recent Advances in Selected Aspects of Adolescent Development” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1993)
What’s next for Isabelle Duterte? Well, Paolo can only hope she will not get pregnant at an early age so she will not suffer the same psychological and emotional turmoil her parents’ had gone through.