Faith in God, love of country, care for family to mark her VP stint
Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio vowed to be guided by three priorities—God, country, and family—in serving the Filipino people as the country’s second-highest elected official.
“One of the most important lessons I have learned as I navigate life and the same thing that I believe we should ponder upon as one country united in our determination to overcome our difficulties and achieve our aspirations —is that we should commit to heart the priorities of God, country, and family,” she said as she took her oath as the 15th Vice President before Supreme Court Associate
Justice Ramon Paul Hernando at San Pedro Square in Davao City on Sunday.
“The voice of 32.2 million Filipinos was loud and clear—with the message to serve our motherland. And this message has been reiterated in my oath: to consecrate myself to the service of the nation.”
“Ako po si Inday Sara. [I am Inday Sara.] A proud Dabawenya. A proud Mindanawon. Hindi ako ang pinakamagaling, o pinakamatalinong tao sa Pilipinas at sa mundo—ngunit walang makakatalo sa tibay ng puso ko bilang isang Filipino. [I am not be best or the most intelligent person in the Philippines and in the world, but no one can defeat the strength of my heart as a Filipino],” she added.
Duterte-Carpio, whose inauguration coincided with the birthday of national hero Jose Rizal, cited his life and works as having taught her that “selflessness and sacrifice could change our country’s fate and shape our children’s future.”
“May his memory light up the fire within us to become patriots. The bravery of Rizal completes the fabric of our identity as Filipinos,” she added.
She likewise thanked the guests and the public who witnessed the event for taking time to celebrate with her on Father’s Day.
“Today, our children are facing a very complex future, one that is rife with conflict and uncertainties. Some of these challenges include the winding cycle of poverty, the trauma of broken families, the life-long baggage because of irresponsible and bad parenting, the abandonment issues due to an absentee parent, the anguish of gender confusion and discrimination, the destruction brought about by drugs, the lure of easy money in criminality, cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, the failure to identify and speak up against different kinds of abuses, the life altering effects of teenage pregnancy, the detrimental effects of illiteracy, the emotional injury of bullying, unstable mental wellness, recruitment to support terrorism, misinformation in the internet—and the list could be endless,” she said.
“A strong, loving, happy family sets down all the basic foundations essential in the development and growth of a child. At home, parents have the duty to teach children the values of integrity, discipline, respect, and compassion for others. And we should never forget that it is the duty of each Filipino family to emphasize that education begins at home,” she added.
President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr., for his part, expressed confidence that his Vice President will do a great job in serving the Filipino people.
“I’m so proud of her, so proud of her. She’s going to be great, she’ll do a great job. I know it,” Marcos said.
Sen. Imee Marcos, for her part, said the Dutertes “can count on” the Marcos clan “for life.”
“The Dutertes can count on us. Davao can count on us, and Mindanao will always be a priority as it was during my father’s time. That will not change,” she said.
“We are the Solid North because we are Ilocanos, but we are also the Solid South because we will work with and are allies with the Dutertes for life,” she added.
House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez likewise congratulated Duterte-Carpio on her inauguration.
“By her victory, she has done her father, President Duterte, her family and her constituents proud. It’s just apt that she wants to begin her term as Vice President in her home city,” said Romualdez, who is also president of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats.
“More importantly, the victory of Mayor Sara and President-electFerdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. is the triumph of the more than 31 million Filipinos who shared their message of unity for the country and their aspiration of a better life for our people.”
“I have seen up close the synergy between them, their limitless energy, dynamism, dedication to their job and their compassion, and I have no doubt that they will succeed,” Romualdez added.
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