Duterte: Davao City in good hands with young breed of leaders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/1 July) — The emergence of young breed of leaders led by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has assured that the future of Davao City is “in good hands,” said the new mayor’s father, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In his speech after he took his oath as the second highest official in this city Wednesday morning at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall, Duterte said these “energetic, idealistic, and young professionals” will have fresh ideas and perspectives that will provide the essentials for meaningful development.

“We hope to compliment the enthusiasm of the youth with the wisdom and insight that we have gained through the years of experience in the service of the public,” said Duterte, who vowed to work with harmony with the executive department.

“In partnership with the executive department, the private sector, and the non-government organizations, we (referring to the city council he will be leading) will put in place the policy environment that will equitably provide resources and opportunities to induce real growth and sustainable development in our city,” pointed out the elder Duterte.

In several speeches before and during the election campaign, Duterte, who was mayor from 1988 to 1998 and 2001 to 2010 and congressman from 1998 to 2001, said “he never sees himself to become mayor again.”

The members of the 16th city council, some of whom are young and first timer in public office, took their oath of office before Duterte was sworn in at exactly 11:40 a.m.

Duterte said he has “full trust and confidence” on his daughter to lead the city and bring it to progress en route to improve the quality of life of the Davaoeños.

“Her idealism, dedication, commitment, and determination to do what is right and what is good to the greater majority are beyond question,” said Duterte of his daughter, who was sworn in as the first woman mayor in the history of Davao City on June 28 before Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio.

Duterte-Carpio, who was elected vice mayor in 2007 on her first attempt in seeking public office, is all primed up to perform the task as the city’s chief executive.

”I commit to being responsible for our city and the failure or success in the next three years rests solely on my shoulders,” she said on her inaugural speech to the delight of the thousands of Davaoeños who witnessed the oath taking of the city’s 21st mayor. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)