Napuno na! Paolo Duterte’s resignation out of my control- Sara

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said her brother, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was bent on resigning from his post over personal issues.

Facing reporters on Christmas Day, shortly after Paolo announced his resignation before the city council, Sara said she had known about her brother’s plan.

She, however, said she just advised Paolo do “whatever makes him happy.”

“I know where he is coming from, talking about delicadeza and his honor,” the mayor said.

Sara, President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest daughter, said she could only offer her support to Paolo once it was apparent that he will push through with his resignation.

“These are things that are beyond my control. Di siya related sa work where I can do something… I can only be here to support my brother to support him in his decisions,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Duterte told shocked city councilors he was resigning effective Christmas Day because of controversies linked to his first wife, Lovelie Sangkola Sumera.

Hinting that his former wife may have a hand in the controversies he was involved in, Duterte said: “The other person in this failed relationship is incorrigible and cannot be controlled. And I take responsibility for all that as a result of a wrong decision to marry at a young age.”

While Paolo’s decision to resign is final, Sara said it was up to their father to accept it, in accordance with the law.

The mayor said her brother will be returning to private life and spending time with his children once his resignation has been accepted.