Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte was a no-show in the proclamation of his eldest daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, as the Philippines’ next vice president.,While the younger Duterte was at the Batasan Pambansa for the ceremony Wednesday evening, the Chief Executive met with new ambassadors from Cambodia, Indonesia, Argentina, and Greece in Malacañang.,He congratulated Phan Peuv (Cambodia), Agus Widjojo (Indonesia), Ricardo Luis Bocalandro (Argentina), and Ioannis Pediotis (Greece) for their designation as new envoys and wished them a productive tenure.,The rites were live-streamed by state-run broadcaster RTVM.,Duterte was absent in his own proclamation as president in 2016 and opted to perform his tasks as then mayor of Davao City, becoming the first elected chief executive to have skipped the rites since the 1987 Constitution took effect.,His daughter, Duterte-Carpio, dominated the vice presidential race after getting over 32 million votes, nearly four times the number of votes earned by her closest rival, Senator Kiko Pangilinan.,She will serve as the next secretary of the education department, inheriting a sector that was hard hit by Covid-19.,Her running mate Bongbong Marcos Jr. won the presidential election with over 31 million votes, double the number of votes cast for second placer Vice President Leni Robredo.,It was the first time in recent Philippine history that Filipinos elected a majority president and vice president.,Senator Migz Zubiri, who led the Senate contingent who sat as members of the national board of canvassers, described it as a “phenomenon indeed” under the country’s multi-party system.,The proclamation of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio came after a two-day vote canvassing, deemed the fastest validation of election returns in Philippine election history after beating the three-day canvassing in 2016.,Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco raised Duterte-Carpio’s hands at the rostrum of Batasang Pambansa as part of the proclamation rites. No family member accompanied her.,Marcos was accompanied by his mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, as well as his wife Liza, sisters Imee and Irene, and son Joseph Simon at the rostrum to raise his hands. His cousin Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who is poised to be the next House Speaker, also went up the rostrum.,Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, one of the power brokers behind the Marcos-Duterte tandem, was also present during the proclamation.,Marcos and Duterte-Carpio will take their oath of office on 30 June.
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