Source: News Bharati English30 Jun 2016 13:57:09

Manila, June 30: After a landslide election victory in May, Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday was sworn in as the 16th president of the Philippines and promised to make sweeping changes to the country's political system. The former 71-year-old Davao city Mayor won the Philippine presidential election held on 9 May with 16,601,997 votes, a lead of almost 7 million over second-in-place Manuel Roxas, media agencies reported. Maria Leonor Robredo was sworn in as Vice President earlier on Thursday in Quezon city.The Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered Duterte's oath of office at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacanang, the presidential palace. In his inaugural speech, Duterte said, "I see the erosion of the people's trust in their country's leaders," he said. "The erosion of faith in our judicial system. The erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people's lives better, safer and healthier."

Duterte's children, namely Paolo, Sara, Sebastian and Veronica stood witness. He signed his oath of office afterwards, Xinhua News Agency reported.  In his inaugural speech, Duterte promised the Filipinos that his administration will make a change to the country, a message he has been sending out since he started presidential campaign. "Change must start with us and in us... We have become our own worst enemies, and we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves," he said.

To make a difference, Duterte vowed to fight criminality, the sale of illegal drugs, and corruption."I have seen how corruption bled government of funds. I have seen how illegal drugs destroy individuals and ruin families' relationships...Look at these from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong," said Duterte, addressing the public concern that his methods of fighting criminality unorthodox.

He assured the Filipinos that he will adhere to due process and the rule of law. "I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not," he said. Duterte has been carrying out his anti-crime program which includes plans to reintroduce the death penalty, issuing shoot-to-kill orders to the security services and offering them bounties for the bodies of drug dealers.