President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter Isabelle was embroiled in a controversy when photos of her pre-debut photoshoot at Malacañang surfaced, prompting netizens to question whether it was proper to do so and how her family could always afford to pay for the seemingly grand pictorial. But as netizens started digging more into Isabelle, they also questioned whether she really is 17 going on 18.
Investigative journalist Raissa Robles wrote in her article about how old Isabelle really is and presented the things that made her doubt if the presidential granddaughter really is 17. She showed a screenshot of the Google search engine result showing her birth year to be in 2002, making her only 15. This was also the same birth year that was reflected in the profile of Isabelle’s father, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, which had her birthday listed on January 26, 2002.
This was in contrast to Isabelle’s tweet about her being a 17 year old girl.
However, Vera Files have found that Paolo’s SALNs have consistently shown Isabelle’s birthday to be January 26, 2000, making her 17 years old.
Paolo filed his first SALN in 2007 when he was elected as barangay captain of Catalunan Grande.
Government employees have to file their SALN to show their assets, their spouses’ assets and financial interest and liabilities. It also shows the names and birthdays of their children who are 18 years old and younger and are living in the same house.
Here is Paolo’s SALN in 2016.
ABS-CBN journalist Gigi Grande also tweeted a photo of Paolo’s 2014 SALN, showing that Isabelle is already 17, not 15, as what other netizens suspected:
Fact check: our research head @CheDReyes found that Isabelle Duterte IS turning 18, based on the 2014 SALN filed by her dad Paolo. pic.twitter.com/JJOvlwiEog
— Gigi Grande (@Gigi_Grande) December 19, 2017
Vera Files also emphasized the fact that not all featured snippets in Google can be trusted. Just like Robles, Google might have only obtained its result from the data found on the official website of the Davao City government.
Sources: ( verafiles.org )