Duterte takes oath with congressmen, except Nograles

Duterte will take his oath Saturday, with two of Davao's three congressmen at the City Hall entrance with a reception at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

Judge Antonina Escovilla of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 2 will administer the mayor's oath while Judge Emmanuel Carpio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio will swear in reelected 2nd district Rep. Vincent Garcia and 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab. 

Nograles told MindaNews in a text message Thursday that he will take his oath in Manila over the weekend, administered by President Arroyo.

He said he wasn't invited to Duterte's oath-taking. The invitation sent by the Office of the City Mayor for the oath-taking did not have the legislator's name on the program.

In a separate ceremony, Duterte’s daughter Sara, will take oath with the 24 city councilors at the Sangguniang Panlunsod on June 30.

Regional director Rodolfo Rasul of the DILG, who is supervising the swearing in of all elected local officials, told MindaNews it is the prerogative of the elected who they want to administer their oath — lawyers, members of the judiciary, and elected or presidential appointees.

Television Evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the mayor’s spiritual adviser,  will lead the invocation for Duterte’s oath-taking.

Duterte will be sworn in at 8a.m. while daughter Sara will take her oath as first lady vice mayor by 10:30 a.m. on June 30.

Duterte and Nograles started to part ways during the campaign period when the former accused the latter of being remiss in his commitment to support the local slate by focusing his attention on a party list group where his son was a nominee.

Both were reported to have agreed to campaign together, Nograles taking charge of the administration's Team Unity and Duterte for the local slate Hugpong Party.

Recently, Duterte and Nograles appeared separately for the inauguration and turnover, respectively, of the newly-built three-storey building housing Palma Gil Elementary School.

The school was built from P30 million funds raised in halves by the city government and Nograles' Countryside Development Fund.

Duterte led inaugural rites on June 4 while Nograles officiated at the turnover rites on June 27. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)