Paolo Duterte didn’t pay: Photographer claims Isabelle’s shoot was free, items loaned

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The photographer who took Isabelle Duterte’s glam shots inside Malacañang has disputed the claim that more than a million pesos was spent for the photo shoot.

In a Facebook post, Lito Sy clarified that Isabelle’s father, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, didn’t shell out any amount for the event.

“Di po si Paolo Duterte ang nagbayad sa suppliers kasi may kaya naman po si Mommy ni Isabelle na isang business woman,” he said.

Sy denied online rumors that he charged P250,000 for the photo shoot.

“Yung shoot po nayun is free since the mom of Isabelle is a very good friend of mine in Davao during early 90s,” he said.

The photographer said the red gown that President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter wore for the shoot was given for free by Dubai-based designer Garimon Roferos because he and Isabelle’s mother were good friends from way back.

“The other gowns were provided po ni Jeff Galang na stylist kung saan hinihiram din nya from famous designers in exchange for credits and milage (sic) lang,” Sy explained.

As for Isabelle’s shoes, Sy said they were loaned by brands wanting to become more known.

He said the only expenses incurred for the shoot held in Malacañang were for stylist Jeff Galang, who charged P25,000, and the fee for makeup artist Winn Ramos.

Isabelle’s photo shoot drew mixed reactions on social media, with some criticizing her for showing off while others said there was nothing wrong with having her photos taken inside Malacañang.