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As Benigno Simeon Cojuangco “Noynoy” Aquino III took his oath of office as the Philippines’ 15th President at noon Wednesday, local officials in this city were also sworn into office by Court of Appeals Associate Justice Portia Hormachuelos.

Among those who took oath Wednesday were the new House of Representatives members headed by Tomas Osmeña representing the south district and Margaret Rachel del Mar for the north district and new Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Vice Mayor Joy Young and 16 councilors who ran and won in both south and north districts. Osmeña and the councilors were sworn into office by Hormachuelos while Del Mar was sworn into office by her father, former Deputy Speaker Raul del Mar.

The new councilors sworn into office were Rodrigo Abellanosa, Margarita “Margot” Osmeña, Edu Rama, Joey Daluz III, Raul Alcoseba, Ronald Cuenco, Richard “Ritchie” Osmeña and Roberto Cabarrubias for the south district.

North district councilors who took their oath of office were Edgardo Labella, Augustus Pe Jr., Alvin Arcilla, Sisinio Andales, Lea Japson, Alvin Dizon, Noel Wenceslao and Nida Cabrera.

The male city officials all wore the traditional “barong tagalong.” The oath-taking ceremony took place in front of the Cebu City Hall with foreign dignitaries, representative from Cebu’s sister cities , family members and supporters witnessing the ceremony.

In his inaugural speech, Rama cited his predecessor’s “outstanding performance over the past years,” and thanked members of his own family for their full support of his candidacy.

The new city mayor also emphasized the “importance of public office as a public trust."