President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice-President elect Leonor “Leni” Robredo spent their final nights as local officials in separate venues in Metro Manila for their separate inaugurations this Thursday, June 30, according to radio reports.
Duterte proceeded to a hotel in Pasig City while his family stayed at the City of Dreams in Paranaque. A private plane from Davao City took the Dutertes to Villamor Air Base in Pasay at 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
The former Davao City mayor will head to Malacanang on Thursday morning for his inauguration as the country’s 16th president.
He is scheduled to arrive in Malacanang at 10:30 a.m. and sign the Palace guest book before meeting with outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.
The two will talk before Aquino officially leaves Malacanang, where ceremonies will be held in his honor for the last time. He will go home to the Aquino family residence on Times St. in Quezon City.
Duterte will take his oath before Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes at 12 noon at the Rizal Hall.
Meanwhile, Robredo and her daughters spent Wednesday night at a condominium unit along Tomas Morato Street in Quezon City.
Robredo will take her oath at 9 a.m. at the Quezon City Executive House before Ronaldo Coner, chairman of Barangay (village) Punta Tarawal, Calabanga. It is the smallest and poorest village in Camarines Sur where Robredo served as its congresswoman at the House of Representatives from 2013-2016.
Robredo’s inauguration is not without its share of controversy as her closest rival, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday to nullify her proclamation and set aside her oath-taking on allegations of poll fraud and instead proclaim him as the legitimate vice president.
Robredo herself has repeatedly denied Marcos’ claims.