Marcos, Duterte share stage on inauguration

Published June 30, 2022, 3:11 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Amid the unpredictable weather, Vice President Sara Duterte attended President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s inauguration at the National Museum on Thursday, June 30, as the tandem starts an administration anchored on the promise of unity and change.

Vice President Sara Duterte (left) and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (right) pose for a photo after the latter’s inaugural speech on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (RTVM screenshot)

Marcos praised Duterte, largely credited to delivering the crucial Mindanao votes to the President, and said her mission was to ensure that the next generation of Filipinos are prepared for better jobs.

“Once we have an education system that prepared coming generations for more and better jobs, there is hope for a comeback,” the President said in his speech.

“Vice President and soon-to-be secretary of education Sara Duterte-Carpio will fit that mission to a tee,” Marcos added amid cheers from the crowd.

Duterte, who was seated beside First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and the Marcos children, will take on the helm of education chief, sharing earlier that she was tasked to review the country’s K-12 education system.

READ: Incoming DepEd chief VP Sara Duterte to review K-12 program

She arrived on stage before the First Family, who approached and greeted her upon their arrival.

Vice President Sara Duterte with the First Family of the Philippines (RTVM screenshot)

As she did during her own inauguration in Davao City last June 19, the Vice President wore an off-white Filipiniana gown with the traditional bell-shaped sleeves. The skirt was gathered up to her left shoulder, which was adorned with floral embellishments.

Duterte joined the First Family for a pictorial after Marcos delivered his inaugural speech.

She stood at the President’s immediate right, with the latters’s son, Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos beside her.

Marcos raised Duterte’s hand on stage as the crowd that brought them both to power cheered.

Duterte will hold office temporarily at the Quezon City Reception House (QCRH), the same office that former Vice President Leni Robredo used for six years.