Duterte, Robredo to hold separate inauguration ceremonies

MANILA, Philippines - There will be no joint inauguration ceremony for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on June 30.

There will be no joint inauguration ceremony for Duterte and Robredo.
There will be no joint inauguration ceremony for Duterte and Robredo.
Boyet Dy, Robredo’s transition team head, revealed to the media the decision of Duterte’s camp to hold the inauguration separately. In his interview with ANC’s Dateline Philippines, Dy said they received the advice from the inauguration committee on Tuesday, June 14.

When asked why Duterte wished for a separate inauguration, Dy said the question should be directed to Duterte’s camp.

“But my impression is that I think part of the consideration given that the President-elect also wants a simple and low-key event. There may be considerations in terms of being able to accommodate as many guests as possible. But as I said, I think that's better directed to their camp to clarify,” Dy added.

Duterte to take oath of office in Malacañang

In his earlier interview, Duterte informed reporters that he will take his oath of office in Malacañang to cut the expenses entailed by the ceremony.

The maverick politician also stressed that he will only serve finger foods for guests, take his oath, and deliver a 5-minute speech on June 30.

"May finger food lang siguro because it's nearing noontime, but there will be no eating after. Before lang, tapos mag-oath ako. Then I will go nationwide on TV and then I will just spell out my governance in five minutes,” Duterte said.

However, Duterte’s transition team spokesman Peter Laviña commented that the five-minute speech is just one of the incoming President’s jokes, saying it will probably take him 30 minutes to deliver his speech.

Robredo to be sworn by village chief in Camarines Sur

Meanwhile, Dy said that the incoming vice president will be sworn in by the captain of Punta Tarawal Calabanga, which is known as the "smallest, farthest and poorest" barangay in Camarines Sur.

He added that the ceremony will be held in Metro Manila.

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--Mini, The Summit Express

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