Former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte became the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday, June 30.
Duterte took his oath before Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes in a simple inaugural ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacanan Palace.
Aside from his family, Duterte’s other guests were friend and vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., former Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon, and former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph “Erap” Estrada.
The tough-talking leader ran for president under his political party, the PDP-Laban, with Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as his running mate.
Cayetano, however, lost to Robredo who took her oath separately in Quezon City earlier on Thursday.
Duterte’s campaign was hounded by controversy, among them:
* he faced four disqualification cases at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which were all dismissed on February 4;
* he cursed Pope Francis for the traffic congestion he caused during his visit to Manila in January 2015;
* he joked about the rape an Australian missionary during the raid of the Davao penal colony in 1989;
* Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, himself a vice presidential candidate, exposed his alleged secret multimillion-peso bank accounts.
Despite all these, Duterte was proclaimed President on May 30 by the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) after garnering 16,601,997 votes in the May 9 elections, beating administration candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Sen. Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Duterte has been a vocal supporter of federalism, and the death penalty and anchored his campaign against stopping crime and corruption in the Philippines in the first six months of his presidency.