MANILA, Philippines – Presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio is planning to to hold her oath taking in Davao City on June 19.
“The Dabawenyos’ patience made me the public servant that I am today. It is only fitting to honor them the opportunity to witness the oathtaking,” Duterte-Carpio said.
Duterte-Carpio cited that this earlier schedule will give her a chance to attend presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s scheduled June 30 inauguration.
Regardless of the advanced inauguration, as stated in the 1987 Constitution, the elected president and vice president of the country will only officially begin their term at noon on the thirtieth day of June.
“It can be done earlier. This is as long as they assume office at 12:01 p.m. on June 30 and the content of the oath is similar to the one in the Constitution. That’s what is provided for by the Constitution,” Comelec Commissioner George Garcia said in a press conference.
As of writing, President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter has amassed over 31.5 million votes for the vice presidential bid, earning her the top spot for the position, while current second placer Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has earned 9.2 million votes.
Meanwhile, the Congress, tasked to act as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), expects to be ready to proclaim the republic’s new president and vice president by May 27 or 28.