Mayor Baste takes oath, vows to prioritize economic recovery, poverty alleviation in Davao City

Published June 27, 2022, 7:21 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte vowed to prioritize economic recovery and poverty alleviation for the next three years of his administration as he took his oath on Monday as the successor of his sister, Vice President-elect Sara Duterte.

Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte takes oath as incoming Mayor of Davao City before Court of Appeals Associate Justice Loida Poasadas-Kahulugan on June 27, 2022. (Keith Bacongco)

In his speech delivered shortly after he was sworn into office at the City Hall of Davao, the 34-year-old Duterte, the youngest son of out-going President Duterte with former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, said the local government would ensure to maintain a conducive business climate where the businesses could flourish as he highlighted the need to generate more jobs for the Dabawenyos after the Covid-19 pandemic dampened the growth of this city.

“The city government will make sure business will continue to operate and job opportunities will be available and our citizens remain safe and healthy,” Sebastian said.

He said that the local government would be working closely with the local and foreign business sectors to explore more investment opportunities for Davao.

He told the businessmen that the local ‘government is open and ready to listen to your suggestions and to work with you in enhancing the business climate.’

Associate Justice Loida Posadas-Kahulugan of the Court of Appeals administered the oath taking of Duterte as first-time mayor at the session hall of the Sanggunian Panlungsod.

Sebastian was accompanied by his immediate family, including his children and live-in partner Kate Necesario, his father President Duterte, his mother Elizabeth, and his sister Vice President Sara Duterte.

The incoming mayor added that the city government will be implementing policies in the hopes of streamlining government processes.

The Duterte family has ruled Davao City for over three decades.

Before he was elected president in 2016, President Duterte served as mayor from 1988 to 1998, 1st District representative from 1998 to 2001, mayor from 2001 to 2010, vice mayor to his daughter Mayor Sara from 2010 to 2013, and mayor from 2013 to 16 with son Paolo as vice mayor.

Sebastian’s running mate incoming Vice Mayor Jay Melchor Quitain took his oath before Judge Emmanuel Claudio Carpio of the Regional Trial Court in Davao City.

Quitain thanked the Dutertes for their trust and confidence.

Judge Carpio also administered the oath taking of Davao’s 2nd District representative Vincent Garcia and 3rd District representative Isidro, as well as the local councilors who came from Hugpong Sa Tawong Lungsod (HTL), a local party organized by President Duterte, or regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), which was co-founded by Vice President Sara Duterte with provincial governors in the region.

For the 1st District, the winners from HNP are Kap Ibuyan, Luna Acosta, Tek Ocampo, Bernie Al-ag, and Nilo Abellera Jr. and those from HTL are Bonz Militar and Pilar Braga. Jessica Bonguyan is the only independent candidate who won.

For the 2nd District, the winners from HTL are Che Che Justol, Marissa Abella and Al Ryan Alejandre. Those from HNP are Javi Garcia Campos, Louie John Bonguyan, Dante Apostol, Diosdado Mahipus, and Jonard Dayap.

For the 3rd District, the winners from HNP include Alberto Ungab, Potpot Villafuerte, Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, Cocoy Zozobrado, and Enzo Villafuerte. Nonoy Al-Ag, Sweet Advincula, and Conde Baluran, all from HTL, also won.