Kitty Duterte’s dating rumors with Dela Salla University (DLSU) basketball player Evan Nella were heightened after the two were spotted with former President Rodrigo Duterte.
The rumors started when the two began to share social media comments.
They were even seen enjoying a concert together by several netizens.
However, the two went viral on social media when Evan bravely met Kitty’s father during a dinner in Taguig City.
The photos were posted by Sen. Christopher Go, where the basketball player could be spotted in one of the photos.
Netizens couldn’t stop reacting after seeing how Evan didn’t hesitate to meet the former President, known for being protective of his daughter.
It can be recalled that in 2019, Duterte narrated how he met his daughter’s suitor.
“Ang Veronica ko, nagdala ng lalaki, gusto daw ako makilala. Sabi ko, walang problema. Sabi ko, ‘Ano ka ba?’ High school pa, parang mag-graduate na, going to college. Tapos, nung usap, sabi ko, ‘Yang anak ko, kaisa-isa ‘yan sa aking asawa na si Honeylet,” said Duterte.
“Mahal namin ‘yan, ngayon gusto mo akong makilala, at least, madali kitang hanapin. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘My daughter is very young and we love her very much.’ You know, para sa aming mga tatay… I will not talk about the mother because I don’t know what they are feeling of being a woman sa anak niya, pero ako mahal ko ‘yan.
“Sabi ko, ‘No physical. Basta huwag mong hawakan maski kamay, okay? She’s only fourteen. How old are you?’ Sabi niya, ‘Seventeen. Sabi ko, ‘Huwag mong hawakan ang kamay. Huwag mong halikan ‘yan, hindi pa puwede at hindi sawsawan ‘yan. Huwag na huwag mong gawin.” he added/