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Sara Duterte, Daughter of Outgoing Philippines President sworn in as Vice-president

Sara Duterte the eldest daughter of outgoing Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as vice-president.

The 44-year-old took over from her father as the city’s mayor over a decade ago – before pursuing a career in national politics.

She took the oath beside her running mate, Ferdinand Marcos Junior, who will soon replace her father as president.

“The days ahead may be full of challenges that call for us to be more united as a nation,” Ms Duterte said.

Her six-year term in office alongside Ferdinand Marcos Junior will formally begin on 30 June.

As candidates in May’s elections, the pair shored up historic landslide victories by forging a powerful alliance and running on a message of unity that helped many of their allies win power elsewhere in government too.

In the Philippines, the president and vice-president are elected separately.

Mr Duterte is a controversial “strongman” figure who came to power in 2016 promising to reduce crime and fix the country’s drug crisis.

But critics say that during his five years in power, Mr Duterte has encouraged police to carry out thousands of extrajudicial killings of suspects in what he has called his “war on drugs”.

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