President Rodrigo Duterte is elated over news that her daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, is pregnant with triplets, Malacanang said on Friday.
“The President is delighted with the news of his daughter’s pregnancy. He is also hopeful that she will able to see through the pregnancy smoothly and well,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.
The expected triplets make President Duterte the grandfather of 12. He currently has five grandkids from eldest son Paolo, two from Sara, and two from youngest son Sebastian.
Andanar said Sara’s pregnancy serves as inspiration for the President “to roll up his sleeves and work double time in his fight against crimes and drugs.”
The President wants “to leave a legacy of a Philippines safe and secure from crimes and drugs to future generation of Filipinos,” he said.
“We offer our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the mayor and husband, lawyer Manases Carpio,” Andanar added.
Sara is the President’s only daughter with former wife Elizabeth Zinnerman with whom he has two other children, Paolo and Sebastian.
The President has a younger daughter, Veronica, with common-law wife Honeylet Avancena.