PRRD once mentioned a governor from Mindanao whom he once fell in love with.
Agusan del Norte Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba and President Rodrigo Duterte walked hand in hand last Wednesday, January 10 during a wedding ceremony in Baguio. The two, who reportedly dated back during their prime, attended the wedding rights as principal sponsors of the couple Police Director Gregorio Pimentel and DSWD Assistant Secretary Michelle Ortega.
In a report by ABS-CBN in 2016, President Duterte said that one of the only two governors who showed support to him during the campaign was a Mindanaoan governor. The report linked Matba to his statements as they were known to be long time friends. According to the President, he fell in love with the governor during their younger days.
“Iyung isa nasa Mindanao, because of love. Love talaga yun. I tell you baka sabihin niya ano, it reaches her ears, love talaga, love at first sight. Pero gaga yun, nanununtok yun. Tinamaan ako sa tiyan dito sa, natumba ako”, the report quoted him.