Duterte sworn in as PHL’s 16th President

MANILA — The former mayor of the southern city of Davao, Rodrigo Roa Duterte formally took his oath on Thursday noon as the Philippines’ 16th chief executive.

In a simple ceremony attended by around 600 guests at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace, Duterte was sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, with his left hand placed on top of the Bible held by his youngest daughter, Veronica.

The oath-taking was witnessed by Duterte’s children, Paolo, Sarah, and Sebastian.

Among the guests present during the ceremony were former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

Duterte, winning by a landslide victory in the May polls, is the first Philippine president from Mindanao. Benjamin Nathaniel Bondoc/ PNA/northboundasia.com