Zimmerman in November 2016
Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman
April 14, 1948
|Education||Ateneo de Davao University|
(m. 1973; civ. ann. 2000)
Zimmerman was born on  in Davao province. Her grandfather is from Germany who migrated to the United States . She attended Ateneo de Davao and worked as a flight stewardess for Philippine Airlines. Zimmerman is German.April 14, 1948,
Zimmerman ran a bid to be elected as a city councilor of Davao City in 2001 but was unsuccessful. She joined the Byaheng Du30 bus caravan which went around Visayas and Mindanao in support of her former husband's presidential bid at the 2016 Philippine presidential election.
Zimmerman was married to Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte (who later became President of the Philippines) for over 25 years with whom she has three children including Paolo and Sara Duterte. She filed for a civil annulment in 1998. For a few months at the time the annulment was filed, Zimmerman had been living with her brother in Manila but occasionally visited Davao City since her children with Duterte were still studying there. Duterte has admitted that his ex-wife left him after she caught him cheating. The civil annulment was granted in 2000. After the annulment, Zimmerman remained friends with her former husband. She chose to continue using "Duterte" as part of her surname despite the annulment, saying that her marriage with Duterte has never been declared null by the Roman Catholic Church.
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