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Robredo takes oath; Marcos presses with protest

QUEZON CITY: Leni Robredo takes her oath as the 14th vice president of the Philippines today despite an ongoing election protest lodged by losing vice presidential bet Sen. Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos before the Supreme Court.

The widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash in 2012 took her oath in a simple and short ceremony at the Quezon City Reception House where she would hold office, reported Inquirer.net.

Robredo’s three daughters and some supporters were with her.

In her brief speech, the former Camarines Sur representative said her office will always be open to the public, especially to those whom she described as in the “fringes of society.”
“The doors of the Office of the Vice Presidency are always open. Ours will be a listening office. We seek to unite the government and the private sector in a partnership for change, for those at the fringes of society that we have vowed to serve. Our plan is to create partnerships between the government and the private sector towards real change,” Robredo said.

“When we stand for what we believe in, when we are ready to sacrifice our personal interests, we can make the impossible possible. We can accomplish many things in the next six years,” she added.

On Wednesday, Marcos filed an election protest before the Supreme Court asking for a recount in more than 30 areas where he claims he was cheated to boost Robredo’s chances of winning.

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