(UPDATED at 4:08 p.m. PH time) The inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will be a regular working day, a Palace official said on Wednesday, June 29.
”As per the text message I received from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. at 12:10 p.m. today: June 30, 2016 is a regular working day,” outgoing Presidential Communications Operation Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
Duterte, who won by landslide last May elections with over 16 million votes, will be replacing outgoing President Benigno Aquino III at exactly 12 noon on Thursday, as provided by the Constitution.
Duterte, the first President who hails from Davao City, is expected to arrive in Manila this Wednesday night.
During Aquino’s inauguration, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared it as a non-working holiday.
Aquino’s inauguration was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park while Duterte opted to hold his at the Rizal Hall inside the Malacañan Palace to be attended by at least 500 people.
The oath of office will be administered by Supreme Court Assistant Justice Bievenido Reyes.
The inauguration will kick off with the holding of traditional “salubong” where outgoing President Aquino will welcome incoming President Duterte at the steps of Malcanang Palace and walk him inside.
The two will talk briefly before Aquino is given departure honors by Duterte and then the incoming President will return inside the Palace to take his oath of office. Abbie Escarilla