On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte graced the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s anniversary. In his speech, he recalled how his daughter, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte once wished to meet actress-singer Sharon Cuneta.
The president shared how he relayed his daughter’s wish to Cuneta’s husband Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who is the current leader of the Liberal Party, an opposition to Duterte.
“Pangilinan is my friend at may utang na loob ako sa kanya. Si Inday (Sara), when she was [in] Grade 6, Grade 5, sabi ko: ‘Anak, anong gusto mong birthday gift?’ Sabi niya ‘gusto ko magkasama kami ni Sharon Cuneta,’”
“I had to call Sen. Pangilinan. Senator, I owe you for doing this [for] my daughter. I respect you,”
It was not mentioned if the dinner between Inday Sara and Cuneta pushed through or if they met some other time, but Cuneta posted on her Facebook that Inday Sara was her close friend and that she got “kilig” for being mentioned by the president.
Cuneta also commented that while everyone knows that her husband and the president are on opposing sides, she still respects and appreciate the president, for respecting her, her husband and her friendship with Inday Sara.