isabela President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes his Oath of Office before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes in the presence of his children Veronica, holding the Bible, Sebastian, Sara and Paolo*

Digong, Leni share goal
to care for impoverished


President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday reiterated his vow to put a stop to corruption and criminality in the country, while Vice President Leni Robredo pledged to act on the needs of those at the fringes of society.

The president delivered his inaugural speech at Malacañang, while the vice president spoke at the Quezon City Reception House, in separate inaugural rites.

“I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here…because I am ready to start my work for the nation,” Duterte said. moremoremore

Negros leaders pledge
support, call for unity

Negros Occidental government and Church officials, and supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday pledged their prayers and support for the success of both leaders.

The NIR (Negros Island Region) Team Duterte members also celebrated the inauguration of the president by holding a citywide caravan, and providing free medical and legal services in Bacolod City.

Bacolod Bishop Emeritus Vicente Navarra said he is praying and wishing Duterte and Robredo success for the good of the country. moremoremore


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‘Let's buckle down to work'

DUMAGUETE CITY - Diocese of Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes Wednesday said he is supporting incoming President Rodrigo Duterte but with limitations.

Duterte's inauguration will be held today in Malacañang.

“He is our president and a very popular one. He was voted (by the people) with overwhelming results and for that reason, I believe that he should be supported,” Cortes said as he wished Duterte well in his presidency.