Viewers can watch Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration live online, including full video of the first official speech from the new president of the Philippines.
Duterte was swept into the presidency last month, defeating a slate of opponents that included Mar Roxas Senator Grace Poe. After trailing in the polls for much of the campaign, he rose to a virtual tie with Poe in the final weeks and rode a strong performance in the debates to take a clear lead going into the final week.
He was inaugurated on Thursday in Manila as thousands of residents took to the streets to celebrate his victory and watch his swearing in ceremony. Duterte was sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in the Malacanang Palace before a crowd of more than 600 guests, dignitaries, and diplomats.
Live video of Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration can be seen in the embedded video below.
Full video of Rodrigo Duterte’s election speech can also be seen below.
Rodrigo Duterte was a controversial figure during the election, as he was during his two decades as mayor of Davao City. He was known for his tough outlook on crime, a heavy-handed approach that included allegations that he was connected to so-called “hit squads” that killed criminals in the city.
Duterte called for the killing of drug dealers and said that human rights watchdogs should back off and allow police to take care of crime in their own way.
Viewers who watch Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration speech online will see a president maintaining his toughness while also striking a more conciliatory tone. In his opening remarks, Duterte called on all Filipinos to come together to face the problems facing their nation. He said that no leader, however strong, can succeed without the full support and cooperation of the people that he leads.
As he had throughout his campaign, Duterte vowed to put an end to government corruption and restore the people’s trust in the nation’s leaders and in its judicial system. In that vow, he acknowledged the critics of his tough approach to crime and said that it’s a necessary tactic to root out the ills plaguing society.
I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal. In response let me say this:
I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.
I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.
I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.
Duterte mentioned several times in his inauguration speech that he is a lawyer and former prosecutor and therefore knows “the limits of the power and authority of the president” and “what is legal and what is not.”
But the controversies over his approach had already started even before Rodrigo Duterte was officially sworn in as president of the Philippines. Bloomberg reported that dozens of suspected drug dealers were killed by police in the lead-up to his officially taking over the presidency.
There is a bit more help for those who watch Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration live online. Inquirer has printed a full text of his inauguration speech, which can be helpful when following along online.
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