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June 20, 2022, 08.48 PM - Sara Duterte, daughter of the outgoing populist president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, was sworn in as the country's 15th vice president on Sunday.

"The voice of 32.2 million Filipinos was loud and clear — with the message to serve our motherland," she said, referring to the votes she received.

Rodrigo Duterte's human rights record in question

Duterte, 44, won a landslide victory in the May elections despite her father's human rights record while he was president that saw thousands of drug suspects gunned down.

Rodrigo Duterte's presidency has been marked by a brutal anti-drug campaign that led to thousands of suspects being shot dead by police or vigilantes. The drug killings are being investigated by the International Criminal Court as a possible crime against humanity.

Questions surrounding her father's track record do not appear to have swayed the new vice president.

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"I'm not the best or the most intelligent person in the Philippines and the world but nobody can beat the toughness of my heart as a Filipino,” said Duterte in a speech after she took her oath before a Supreme Court associate justice.

Sara Duterte was the running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who also won in the May 9 elections and will be sworn in as the country's president on June 30, when their six-year term begins.

Rights groups concerned

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