In an apparent break with tradition, vice president-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio announced on May 16 that she plans to take her oath of office days ahead of June 30, the official start of the term for the next batch of Philippine officials.
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The swearing-in of former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr. in February 2001, however, was a different case since he was appointed to the position after his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency following the resignation of then-president Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
Editor’s note: This report was updated following the proclamation of vice president-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio on May 25, and also to include the video fact sheet.
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Inauguration of elected VPs post-1987
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Office of the Vice President, History, Accessed on May 19, 2022
Senate of the Philippines, Teofisto T. Guingona Jr., Accessed on May 19, 2022
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