- Vice President-elect Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo and her camp decided to have her oath taking administered by a barangay chairman
- The incoming president and vice-president will take their separate oaths on June 30
- The barangay chairman was excited for the said historic event
51-year-old Barangay Chairman Ronaldo Conor of Punta Tarawal, Calabanga town in the province of Camarines Sur expressed his excitement for the inauguration of incoming Vice President Leni Robredo on June 30.
The inauguration of Robredo is deemed as a historic event because it would be the first for an elected vice president to swear before a village chief.
“I was stunned when I was named on the TV newscast. I cannot believe and I cannot sleep at that time, thinking why among the village chiefs in the country I was selected,” Coner said.
The chairman added that he “went on hiding because I do not know yet what to say before the media because I was not informed. But later, I decided to just go home and face the media who, my wife said, were looking for me.”
He hid at the house of his cousin in Naga City and temporarily stopped his business of buying and selling steamed crabs.
Coner said he was asked by a staff of the incoming VP to be prepared for the oath taking ceremony which would be done in Metro Manila. He was also given a copy of the oath taking text so he could practice.
“It is a great honor that our village chief was chosen to administer the oath taking of Vice President Leni Robredo. You see, our small village is chosen among thousands of villages all over the Philippines,” Village Councilor Salvacion Templonuevo said.
Conor was earlier accompanied by Robredo’s staff and bought him clothes that he would wear for the ceremony.