AS various groups continue to flay Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, documents submitted to the court for annulment proceedings initiated by his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman, have surfaced.
In 1998, Elizabeth filed a petition with the Regional Trial Court in Pasig City (Metro Manila) to nullify her marriage.
Two years later, the court decided in her favor, ending the 27-year union of Rodrigo and Elizabeth.
Rodrigo never appeared in court and did not protest Elizabeth’s petition. But he was compelled to undergo a psychological test.
Assessment results of the psychological report, first reported by ABS-CBN, showed that the tough-talking mayor has “narcissistic personality disorder” or “extreme self-conceit.”
The results said Duterte has a “pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights and feelings” and has “difficulty controlling his urges and emotions.”
But Duterte’s daughter, Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, defended her father, saying the marriage of her parents does not reflect his record as a public servant.
“Psychological incapacitation in a marriage does not reflect the character of a person outside the marriage,” Sara added.
“He’s impulsive? He’s selfish? Does his track record in governance, as a public servant, show that he is impulsive or selfish? They do not,” she insisted.
Sara maintained that the reports painting her father as someone unfit for the presidency come from his rivals.
“This is election. I grew up in politics,” she said. “The family is no longer surprised. Every election period, this is one of the issues his rivals use against him. But they’ve already used so many other issues. Sanay na kami. Sanay na si mayor [We’re used to this].”
“The court may have used these as grounds for the annulment of the marriage, but the court did not say that he is unfit to become a leader. The court said my parents are unfit to be together in a marriage, but it did not say that my father is unfit to become our leader,” she said.