Rodrigo Duterte takes oath as new President of Philippines

Manila: Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday was sworn-in as the 16th President of the Philippines. Duterte took oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes at the Rizal Hall of the Malacanang Palace at 12 p.m., the Inquirer daily reported. His daughter Veronica, held the Bible while he took his oath. The swearing-in was witnessed by members of the diplomatic corps, incoming Cabinet members and lawmakers. After his swearing-in, Duterte will administer the mass oath-taking of his Cabinet members. Full military honours will also be given to the chief executive before he holds his first official Cabinet meeting at around 2 p.m.