Incoming President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s camp will hold a separate inauguration on June 30 to Vice President-elect Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo after the latter expressed desire to have a joint oath with him.
“We were informed by the team of President-elect Rody Duterte about their preference to hold the inauguration separately,” Boyet Dy, head of Robredo’s transition team, announced in a statement on Wednesday.
“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,” Dy said.
Dy added that the incoming vice president and former human rights lawyer want to swear in office by the chairperson in Camarines Sur.
“The ceremony will be conducted in Metro Manila, where Vice President-elect Leni Robredo wishes to be sworn in by Capt. Ronaldo D. Coner of Brgy. Punta Tarawal, Calabanga, the smallest, farthest and poorest barangay in Camarines Sur,” he said.
Duterte earlier said that he is to take his formal oath of office in Malacañang with the goal to cut off usual and extraordinary expenses that will be made in the ceremony.
He also said to the media that he is to serve only finger foods for the guests and deliver his inauguration speech for five (5) short minutes.
"Doon na lang (Malacanang) kasi wala nang gastos. 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," the mayor said.
(I will have my inauguration in Malacanang so we spend less. I will offer finger food maybe because it is nearing noontime, but there will be no eating after, just before. I will take my oath after. Then, I will go nationwide on TV and then I will just spell out my governance in five minutes.)