It’s quite awkward, but incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will not have a joint inauguration on June 30. Instead, Duterte will take oath in Malacañang while Robredo will take oath before a Camarines Sur barangay captain. This is after the Duterte camp wishes to have a separate oath-taking ceremony.
“We were informed by the team of President-elect Rody Duterte about their preference to hold the inauguration separately, While we have been preparing for a joint inauguration, we respect their decision and will begin our own preparations for a simple and modest ceremony,” Boyet Dy, head of Robredo’s transition team, said.
Dy added that Robredo’s inauguration will be also be in Metro Manila, but the incoming vice president will sworn in by Ronaldo Coner, the captain of Barangay Punta Tarawal, which is noted to be the “smallest, farthest and poorest” barangay in Calabanga, Camarines Sur. The said barangay is part of the 3rd district that Robredo represents in Congress.
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As of posting, there are still no further details about Robredo’s oath-taking as vice president. On the other hand, Duterte earlier said that he will address the plans and policies of his administration via nationwide television. This will come shortly after his oath-taking as the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines.
Instead of the traditional extravagant celebration, there will be no luncheon after Duterte takes oath at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacañang. The incoming president earlier said that there will only be finger foods, which will probably include rice cakes and fried bananas. He also noted that his first speech as president will only last for 5 minutes.
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The complete list of the names of the guests during Duterte’s oath-taking ceremony was not released. Nevertheless, Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) chief Martin Andanar said that it would include Duterte’s cabinet members and some musical performers. Some lawmakers were also invited, including Bongbong Marcos.
Andanar added that it was not clear to him if Duterte really wanted a separated inauguration from Robredo or not. However, he noted that the space at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall is quite small, and might not be able to accommodate all the guests of both the president and vice president since Duterte wished to have 500 guests only.