It's official: Sara Duterte is the new vice president

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, has emerged as winner of the May 9 vice presidential election. (From L-R: Senate President Tito Sotto, Vice President-elect Sara Duterte, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, has emerged as winner of the May 9 vice presidential election.

Official canvass of votes by the joint congressional canvassing committee on Wednesday showed Mayor Duterte garnering 32,208,417 million votes, or 61.53% of the total votes cast in the vice presidential race.

This is more than triple the 9.3 million votes received by her closest rival Sen. Kiko Pangilinan.

The mayor is the running mate of presidential candidate former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who also won the highest post by a landslide against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The late dictator's son and namesake garnered 31,629,783 million votes, more than double Robredo's 15 million votes.

The late dictator's son and namesake garnered 31,629,783 million votes, more than double Robredo's 15 million votes.

In a short media ambush interview, Mayor Duterte thanked her supporters and dedicated her victory to victims of terrorism, abuse, and criminality.

“Thank you for the opportunity to save lives,” she said after being officially proclaimed vice president-elect at the Batasang Pambansa on Wednesday.

“Magtulungan tayo para sa isang bayan na mapayapa at nagkakaisa. Mahal natin ang Pilipinas [Let’s help each other for a peaceful and united country. We love the Philippines],” she continued.

Mayor Duterte’s term of office as the 15th Vice President of the Philippines will begin on June 30.

She previously announced plans to hold her oath-taking on June 19 in Davao City so her fellow Dabawenyos could witness the ceremony, and so that she can attend Marcos' inauguration on the last day of June.

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Earlier, the vice president-elect also thanked her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for campaigning for her over the past months. She added that she holds no grudges against him for refusing to endorse her running mate even up to the last day of the campaign.

President Duterte previously called Marcos a "weak leader" and a "spoiled child." He also repeatedly said in the past that he would not endorse any presidential candidate before he steps down from office.

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Mayor Duterte's siblings also earlier scored another election sweep in Davao City. Vice Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte was proclaimed new mayor, succeeding his sister to the post, while his older brother Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte retained his congressional seat in this year's polls.

The Dutertes have been leading Davao City since 1988 starting with the father, a mayor for seven terms who in the past switched posts with his daughter, the previous vice mayor.

No law has so far been passed banning political dynasties in the country.

Article II, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution says, "The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law."