Sarah Duterte-Carpio, daughter of outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was sworn in as the country’s 15th vice president on Sunday and called for national unity after a divisive election campaign.
“May the days to come be full of challenges that call on us to be more united as a nation,” he said in an opening speech in his hometown of Davao, where he shared a meeting with his parents. took the oath of office with
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Duterte-Carpio, 44, was Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s running mate, who also won the May 9 elections and will be sworn in as the country’s president on June 30, when his six-year term begins.
Marcos, the son of the disgraced dictator who was ousted from power in the 1986 uprising, also attended the opening ceremony, attended by relatives, allies and supporters of Duterte-Carpio.
The two won colossal victories, not seeing a huge difference in decades, forming a vital coalition and following a message of unity that helped many allies win seats in legislature and local government positions.
Like his father, Duterte-Carpio trained as a lawyer before entering politics in 2007, when he was voted as his father’s deputy mayor in Davao, 1,000 km (600 mi) from the capital Manila. was.
She initially wanted to become a doctor, but instead pursued her political career and in 2010 became the first female mayor of Davao since her father.
Duterte-Carpio said, “If we all decide to listen to the call to serve and heed the call … I believe that the country will seek a future of hope, security, strength, stability and progress.” Will move on.” , who will also serve as Marcos’ education secretary.
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