MANILA — Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday was sworn as the sixteenth president of the Philippines, after a landslide election victory in May.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered Duterte’s oath of office at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacanang, the presidential palace.
Duterte’s children, namely Paolo, Sara, Sebastian and Veronica stood witness. He signed his oath of office afterwards, Xinhua news agency reported.
The former 71-year-old Davao city Mayor won the Philippine presidential election held on May 9 with 16,601,997 votes, a lead of almost 7 million over second-in-place Manuel Roxas.
In his inaugural speech, Duterte promised the Filipinos that his administration will make a change to the country, a message he has been sending out since he started presidential campaign.
“Change must start with us and in us… We have become our own worst enemies, and we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves,” he said.
To make a difference, Duterte vowed to fight criminality, the sale of illegal drugs, and corruption.
In an acceptance speech at the president’s palace, Mr Duterte told the nation that there had been an erosion of trust in the country’s leaders and people were hungry for change.
He added that he would wage a “relentless” and “sustained” battle against crime and warned officials that he would not tolerate corruption.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.