RE-ELECTED Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte took his oath of office on Tuesday, June 28, a day after he was absent from the oathtaking and inauguration of newly-elected local government officials of Davao City and members of the House of Representatives on Monday, June 27.

The congressman’s office released photos of the legislator taking his oath of office before his father, President Rodrigo Duterte at the congressman’s residence in Davao City on Tuesday afternoon.

President Duterte, who was the guest of honor right after the oathtaking of local officials on Monday afternoon, said in his speech that he noticed that his eldest son was not included in the officials that we would be greeting.

“Ang wa dire sa greeting, ambot og hain, si Congressman-elect Paolo Duterte, og makit-an ninyo sya karon ingna sya nangita ang iyang papa kaniya (The only one who’s not here, I don’t where he is now, is Congressman-elect Paolo Duterte. If you happen to see him, please tell him that his father is looking for him),” the President said.

The President’s eldest son was also a no-show during the inauguration of Vice President-elect Sara, held at the San Pedro Street, on June 19, wherein the first family also went on stage.

No official statement was released by the office of Paolo as to why he was not able to attend the oathtaking of his sister and the mass oathtaking of city officials.

He, however, earlier told some journalists that he wants to have a simple oathtaking with only his immediate family as witnesses.

In an ambush interview, Sara confirmed that her brother had just arrived in the city when the mass oath-taking happened.

"Ang pagkakaintindi ko is kakarating lang niya sa Davao City (What I've learned is that he just arrived in Davao City)," Sara said.

She, however, declined to disclose where Paolo went.

The President's youngest son, incoming Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte took his oath before Court of Appeals Associate Justice Loida Posadas-Kahulugan.

Judge Emmanuel Claudio Carpio of the Regional Trial Court in Davao City, meanwhile, administered the oathtaking of Davao City’s Second District Representative Vincent Garcia and Third District Representative Isidro Ungab, who are also both reelected officials.

Claudio swore into office Vice Mayor-elect Jay Melchor Quitain Jr., Sebastian’s running mate, and members of the city council. RGL