MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte described his partner, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, as his “true love”.

“Out of everyone else that I know, she’s the one that I will really believe in,” Duterte said during the inauguration of the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall in Davao City on Friday.

The President made this remark after mentioning in a speech a former girlfriend who happened to be a “gobernadora”.

Duterte and Avanceña have been together for more than 20 years. They have a 13-year-old daughter named Veronica, also known as Kitty.

The President also took pride in their daughter for being smart, just like Avanceña.

“She is good at… Because she’s a valedictorian. That’s true. Her daughter takes after her,” Duterte said.

“Like Honeylet’s daughter. Her lowest grade is 91. That’s the lowest. I told her, ‘Nak, back then I only studied just a little.’ Because she’s always complaining, always studying and rarely goes out anymore,” he added.

Last Oct. 7, Duterte and his family spent the weekend in Hong Kong to take a break.

His former top aide, Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, uploaded photos of himself with Duterte, who was joined by Avanceña and Kitty. (PNA)