Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has expressed interest to be an Israeli citizen also, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
Duterte-Carpio has been with the President on his four-day official visit to Israel.
“She (Duterte-Carpio) is here and she whispered to me, ‘Is it possible for me to acquire dual citizenship in Israel?’ I said, ‘Of course, maybe they would accommodate you for indeed you are’,” Duterte said in a speech before the Israeli businessmen at King David Hotel in Jerusalem on September 4.
The President told the Israeli audience that his daughter is a Jewish descendant.
The father of Elizabeth Zimmerman, Duterte-Carpio’s mother, was a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany and obtained a visa to the Philippines along with approximately 1,300 European Jews.
Duterte said they were the Jews who went to the Philippines to seek sanctuary to avoid persecution.