- Duterte will break several inauguration traditions for presidents on June 30.
- Instead of the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court Associate Justice will administer the oathtaking.
- Duterte refused to be inaugurated at the Quirino Grandstand.
- The incoming president decided to hold his inauguration without the vice president-elect.
President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is expected to break certain presidential traditions for his June 30 inauguration; from his choice of venue to the official he selected to administer the oath-taking.
Duterte is set to take his oath at Malacañang and to be sworn in as the 16th President of the Philippines by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, according to Christopher Go, the executive assistant of the incoming president.
The executive assistant did not explain why Duterte chose Reyes for his oath-taking. However, both Duterte and Reyes are San Beda College of Law graduates and both are members of the Lex Talionis fraternity.
The tradition for presidents is that they usually take their oath before the Chief Justice. Outgoing President Benigno Aquino II broke this tradition in 2010 and Duterte will do the same for his inauguration.
Duterte is also the first to break the presidential tradition of being inaugurated at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park since Carlos P. Garcia took his oath in 1957 at the Council of State Room in Malacañang. The president-elect will be inaugurated at Rizal Hall, the biggest room in the Palace.
Another tradition to be broken by Duterte is his refusal to hold the inauguration together with Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, who is a member of a different political party and is a rival of his friend and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
Various sectors have urged Duterte to change his decision in order to show unity between him and Robredo.
“It will relay the message to the people that the President and the Vice President, even if they belong to different parties, have one common goal and that is the good of the people,” Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. told the media.
The highly-anticipated inauguration will feature local favorites maruya and coconut juice as snacks for the approximately 500 guests of the event.
Duterte is the first mayor of a city to jump straight to the presidential post and the first politician from Mindanao to win the presidential election.