President Rodrigo Duterte has personally explained to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu why his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is a descendant of the Jews.
Duterte made the remark during the signing of three bilateral agreements between the Philippines and Israel.
“And I think I have my daughter here who is a Zimmerman. Actually she is a descendant of the Jews, who went to the Philippines and who settled down there many, many years ago during the time of the Holocaust,” he said.
Duterte-Carpio has been with Duterte in his official trip to Israel.
The President recalled that the Philippine received the Israelis and their families during the Holocaust.
“And one of them is the family of my daughter. It’s not the daughter but the mother was a homegrown Zimmerman in our place,” he added.
Duterte earlier said that his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman, the mother of Duterte-Carpio, is a descendant of an American Jew.