As part of tradition not to steal the limelight from the incoming President, outgoing President Benigno Aquino 3rd will be in his home in Quezon City as a private citizen while President-elect Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath of office on Thursday.
In his final news briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino intends to go back to his residence on Times Street in Quezon City and rest.
Coloma added that Aquino and Duterte will meet before the latter takes his oath of office at Malacanang’s Rizal Hall.
“They will have a one-on-one meeting inside the Palace after which President Aquino will move downstairs to the Palace grounds where he will be given departure honors,” he said.
President Aquino, according to Coloma, will go straight to his car for his departure from Malacañang, his official residence for six years.
Duterte will then go back inside the Palace for the inauguration ceremony.
During Aquino’s inauguration in 2010, he shared a car ride with then outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the Palace to Quirino Grandstand in Manila’s Rizal Park (Luneta).
Meanwhile, Coloma said preparations for the inauguration are yet to be made final.
Aquino has only a day left in office before his popular successor, Durterte, assumes power.
Duterte beat his closest rival, Manuel Roxas 2nd, the anointed one of the President, in the May elections on a promise to launch a tough campaign against criminality and corruption.
In accordance with the Constitution, he should take his oath at 12 noon of June 30, Thursday.
Duterte is expected to hold his first Cabinet meeting thereafter where he will also administer the oath to his officials.
A reception for members of the diplomatic corps will also likely be held where Duterte will discuss his administration’s foreign policies.