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.
Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai
A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.
The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.
According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.
But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.
He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.
Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.
The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.
‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.Follow @gorkhapost