Sara Duterte’s proclamation on June 19 also a thanksgiving event
MANILA, Philippines — Presumptive vice president and incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s possible inauguration on June 19 is also a thanksgiving to the people of Davao and Mindanao, her spokesperson said on Wednesday.
In a statement, Duterte-Carpio spokesperson and Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Garcia Frasco said that having an inauguration before June 30 also allows the presumptive winner of the vice presidential race to join her running mate, former senator Bongbong Marcos, who is also expected to be proclaimed president.
“Vice President-elect Sara Duterte’s inauguration will also serve as her thanksgiving to the people of Davao and Mindanao where she began her political career that they may be given the opportunity to witness the oath-taking of a Vice President,” Frasco said.
“In holding the inauguration on June 19, VP-elect Sara will be able to attend the subsequent inauguration of President-elect Bongbong Marcos so she may also join him in thanksgiving for the overwhelming support of the Filipino people,” she added.
Despite the early inauguration, Frasco clarified that Duterte-Carpio would only assume her post at noon on June 30, as stated in the 1987 Constitution.
“The inauguration of Vice President-elect Sara Duterte has been tentatively set for June 19, 2022, in Davao City while awaiting the date of her proclamation,” she said.
“While VP-elect Sara will take her oath on June 19, she will formally assume the Office of the Vice President and begin her term at noon of June 30, as ordained by the 1987 Philippine Constitution,” she explained.
Duterte-Carpio surprised many observers when she said that her proclamation will be on June 19 in Davao City — or 11 days before she takes office. While uncommon, the Commission on Election said that they see no problem with the move.
Latest partial and unofficial results from Comelec showed that Duterte-Carpio is leading the vice presidential race with 31.56 million votes, well ahead of second-placer Senator Francis Pangilinan who got 9.232 million votes.
The story is the same in the presidential race: Marcos got over 31.10 million votes, while Pangilinan running mate Vice President Leni Robredo has 14.82 million votes.