Ferdinand “Bongbong‘ Marcos, Jr. was sworn in as the 17th Philippine president on Thursday, June 30.
Marcos, Jr. took his oath of office before Justice Alexander Gesmundo at the National Museum in Manila.
Prior to that, he visited Malacañan and met his predecessor, President Rodrigo Duterte, who consistently earned high approval ratings during his entire term.
Despite not endorsing Marcos, Duterte has already urged Filipinos to back the new administration.
‘Ako si Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. ay taimtim na nanunumpa na tutuparin ko nang buong katapan at sigasig ang aking mga tungkulin bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas at ipagtatanggol ang kanyang Konstitution, ipatutupad ang batas nito, magiging makatarunagan sa bawat tao at itatalaga ang bawat sarili sa paglilingkod sa bansa. Kasiyahan nawa ako ng Diyos,” Marcos said.
Present during the oath taking of the 17th Philippine president were his wife, Liza, and sons Sandro, Simon, and Vincent.
Ferdinand “Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. earned a landslide victory on the May national elections with over 31 million votes.
In the Overseas Absentee Voting in Thailand, Marcos, Jr. earned the highest votes of 4,554, along with his vice-president Duterte-Carpio with 4,752 votes.