Duterte sworn in as Philip­pines’ pres­i­dent

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MANILA— Ro­drigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philip­pines’ 16th pres­i­dent on Thurs­day, cap­ping the un­likely jour­ney of a pro­vin­cial city mayor whose brash man-of-the-peo­ple style and pledges to crush crime swamped es­tab­lish­ment ri­vals in last month’s elec­tion.

After mak­ing his pledge at the pres­i­den­tial palace in Manila, with one hand on the Bi­ble, Duterte de­liv­ered a speech in which he promised a “re­lent­less” and “sus­tained” fight against cor­rup­tion, crim­i­nal­ity and il­le­gal drugs.

How­ever, he said th­ese ills were only symp­toms of a dis­ease cut­ting into the moral fiber of so­ci­ety.

“I see the ero­sion of the peo­ple’s trust in our coun­try’s lead­ers, 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,” he said.—Reuters

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