Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace
May 27, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administered the oath of office to the newly appointed government officials from various government offices and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace.

“Let us be reminded that public office is a public trust… I trust that you will perform your duties to the best of your abilities, uphold transparency, good governance, and fight corruption in your respective offices,” President Duterte said.

On the next House of Representatives speakership, the President clarified that he would not be taking sides and shall allow Congress to elect its own House Speaker.

“Sa speakership, wala akong kinakampihan.  I am [in] my last 3 [years].  Gusto ko lang to do good and if that good is not good for everybody, well I’m sorry.  ‘Yan lang ang makaya ko,” he said.

Moreover, the President said that he would step down from office if his son, Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte, seeks the House speakership.

“If you run for the speakership let me know… kung tatakbo ka magre-resign na ako kasi marami na tayo,” the President said.

Among those vying for the House Speaker are Taguig City 1st District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez, Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez, and Marinduque Lone District Representative Lord Allan Jay Velasco.