Sara Duterte, daughter of the outgoing President, sworn in as Philippines Vice President
“The coming days could be fraught with challenges that require us to be more united as a nation,” she said in an inaugural speech in her hometown of Davao, where she took the oath of office alongside her parents.
Marcos, the son and namesake of the disgraced dictator who was ousted from power in a 1986 uprising, also attended the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by relatives, allies and supporters of Duterte-Carpio.
Both achieved landslide victories with staggering margins not seen in decades, forging a crucial alliance and betting on a message of unity that also helped many allies win seats in the legislature and local government positions.
Like her father, Duterte-Carpio trained as a lawyer before entering politics in 2007 when she was elected her father’s vice mayor in Davao, 1,000 kilometers from the capital Manila.
Originally she wanted to be a doctor, but then pursued her political career and succeeded her father as the first female mayor of Davao in 2010.
“As we all take a moment to listen to the call to service and choose to heed the call…I believe the country will be steered toward a future of hope, security, strength, stability and progress,” said Duterte-Carpio, who will also serve as Marcos’ education secretary.