30 Jun '16, 2am

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines' 16th president

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines' 16th president

MANILA - Populist firebrand Rodrigo Duterte took office at noon on Thursday (June 30) as the Philippines’ 16th president, ushering in a government bent on waging a “relentless” and “sustained” war on crime, while spreading prosperity to “those who have little". “The fight will be relentless, and it will be sustained,” the 71-year-old Mr Duterte told some 600 guests in a 16-minute speech shortly after being sworn in at the Malacanang Palace to succeed Mr Benigno Aquino . True to character, the former Davao Mayor defied convention by taking his oath before a small audience inside the presidential palace, instead of at a big public rally like previous Filipino leaders. “The ride will be rough, but come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder-to-shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest,” he said rod30.jpg Related Story 10 ways Duterte plans to change th...

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