-President Aquino will no longer deliver a departure speech
-Only members of the diplomatic corps will be allowed to bring their own cars
-President Aquino will be given departure honors and is set to meet Duterte before the ceremony
The Presidential Inaugural Committee head has confirmed that the outgoing President Benigno Aquino III will no longer deliver a departure speech on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration ceremony on Thursday, June 30.
Appointed Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr. Paynor said that the outgoing executive chief is not expected to deliver a speech in line with the welcoming ceremony but will be given departure honors. Paynor added that Aquino is set to meet incoming President Duterte before the final departure honors at the Palace grounds.
“Simplicity I think from his point of view is doing away with the traditional ceremonies such as military parade so this time; it will just be in the Palace,” Paynor, who is also a former Director General of the APEC 2015 National Organizing Council, said.
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In an interview, Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said that the president will fulfill his duty based on tradition. He also said that after the ceremony, the president will then proceed to the presidential car to leave the office which he served for the last six years.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that ‘selfies’ and ‘photobombers’ will not be allowed during the inauguration. “No selfies. In fact, we will advise everyone to refrain from taking photos during the ceremonies in keeping with the request of the incoming president to make it meaningful,” Paynor said.
Paynor said that Rizal Hall will accommodate 620 guests composed of incoming Cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps and Duterte’s family and friends.
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In line with Duterte’s call for not inconveniencing the public, only members of the diplomatic corps were allowed to bring their own vehicles. Paynor also said that only diplomats were invited and not their spouses. The program is set to last for two hours. –MR, Kami Media
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