• Duterte in, Aquino out


    PRESIDENTPresident-elect Rodrigo Duterte will formally assume office today to start his six-year term as the country’s 16th President.

    Duterte’s entry and the exit of President Benigno Aquino 3rd from the Palace will take place before the new President takes his oath of office.

    As Duterte assumes power, some senators said they have high expectations on the incoming administration and vowed to fully support some of the new President’s legislative agenda.

    Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd said changes are sure to come.

    Even the Senate will see some changes as it plans to implement the rules strictly.

    Incoming Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said he expects things to move quickly with Duterte at the helm because the incoming leader is a man of action.

    “I think things will move fast especially in fighting crime. By his mere pronouncement, the police are already moving at lightning speed. I believe his experience as a mayor will play a very big role in giving care and concern to the plight of the Filipino people,” Gatchalian added.

    One-on-one meeting
    Based on tradition, the President-elect will arrive at Malacañang shortly before the inaugural ceremony to pay a courtesy call on the outgoing President.

    “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,” Outgoing Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

    Aquino will then board his vehicle and depart, while Duterte will go back inside the Palace for the inauguration ceremony.

    Aquino will return to his family’s residence on Times Street in Quezon City.

    In accordance with the Constitution, Duterte should take his oath by 12 noon on June 30.

    He is expected to hold his first Cabinet meeting thereafter, where he will also administer the oath of office of his officials.

    There will likely be a reception for members of the diplomatic corps and Duterte may discuss his administration’s foreign policies.

    600 guests include Bongbong
    Duterte’s inauguration will be attended by around 600 guests, including the mayor’s long-time neighbor, Pomilda Lu Daniels, and various Davao City officials.

    Until his landslide victory in the May 9 polls, Duterte was mayor of the city for more than 20 years.

    Also in attendance will be Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who was personally invited by the new President.

    The inaugural program is expected to last two hours.

    All systems go
    From his wardrobe to the food for the guests, it’s all systems go for the inauguration of the outgoing Davao City mayor.

    The ceremony will do away with the spectacles of previous inaugurations in its simplicity.

    Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the preparations went according to plan down to the littlest details.

    For the new President, Davao-based fashion house Chardin created a barong Tagalog made from piña/jusi fabric to be paired with black pure cotton pants.

    “His wardrobe is the least of the President’s concerns, but he went to fit his barong. He is raring to start with work right after the inauguration,” Andanar said.

    On Tuesday, Duterte went to Chardin to try on his barong designed by Boni Adaza. The ecru outfit has light brown and beige details to highlight its embroidery, which will depict a pattern iconic of one of Mindanao’s minority groups, the Manobo tribe.

    “He wanted to incorporate a symbol to represent the 11 minorities in Mindanao. The tribal prints of the Manobo are the least complicated that’s why we have chosen them. They also show the President’s simplicity,” Adaza explained.

    As for the food, Via Mare will prepare a reception that reflects the simplicity of the incoming administration yet still boasts of the rich Filipino culinary heritage.

    The menu consists of lumpiang ubod (coconut pith spring roll), pandesal with kesong puti (bread with white cheese made from unskimmed carabao’s milk) and Vigan longganisa (sausage from Ilocos Sur province in Northern Luzon) grilled on the spot, monggo (mongo) soup mixed with smoked fish and alugbati (malabar spinach) in demitasse cups, fried saba (Carbava banana) slices and durian tartlet.

    For drinks, guests will have a choice between homegrown delights pine-mango cooler and dalandan (native orange) juice.


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    1. Para kay LENI dapat sanay makinig sya at usisa-in ang mga pruweba ni BONG’BONG..tanggapin na nya na nanalo lang sya dahil sa manipula sa COMELEC at wala ng magagawa ang mga DILAW….lalo na sa ngayon si DU30 na, mas marami ng ibidensya ang lalabas.

    2. Beautiful, innocent looking Congresswoman Leni Robredo ,,, I believe ,,, was only taken advantage of “IGNO III’s” obsession not to allow Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. win the election for VP … BY HOOK or BY CROOK !!!

      Someday , somehow the “CULPRIT / CULPRITS” would have to pay for what they owe to the majority of the Filipinos ,

    3. It’s very telling to watch the news coverage of D30 leaving Davao for Malacanang, it shows the people of Davao know him and he knows the people. Citizen Pnoy by comparison when he returns to his home in Times St., Q.C, according to the TV news reporter, will be introduced to barangay officials where he resides, what a surprising statement, its as if saying that up to now he’s a stranger in his own neighborhood.

    4. Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd said changes are sure to come.
      Even the Senate will see some changes as it plans to implement the rules strictly.

      Does that mean the senator like Sotto are not going to steal the pork barrel funds anymore ?

      • Mabuhay din ang Bise President na si LENI ROBREDO! Mabuhay ang DUTERTE LENI tandem! GOD Bless Philippines!

    5. Bongbong was invited and Leni was not! Why?
      Because Digong knows that Bongbong won but cheated by Leni.

      Nakaka hya kay Leni. Alam ni Leni na dinaya lang ang pag-ka-panalo niya at alam din ni Digong ang pandaraya, ngunit wala siyang magawa – kaya for formality sake she has to take her oath per Comelec. “SHE IS THE DECLARED WINNER” BY THE COMELEC BUT NOT THE REAL WINNER. THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT KAYA HINDI MASAYA SI LENI AT ANG MGA TAO!

      • emmanuel torres on

        Your statement is totally wrong and without basis. Majority of those who voted chose Leni Robredo . That is the voice of the majority and that is how democracy works, majority rules. The problem here lies on BongBong who can’t just accept defeat. I think Bong bong is a bright guy and has the potential of becoming a good leader but he has just to wait for his time. I am sure it will come

      • Wait for President elect DU30 takes his oath of office as president of the Philippines, he will order COMELEC to start the recount and to make an autopsy on the server that Marlon Garcia open and insert his new script. The plan B of Pnoy will be uncover.

      • Hindi DINAYA si bongoloid, TINALO siya,,at sa laki n kontribusun ng marcos kay duterte at utang ng loob ng tatay ni duterte na nagkatrabaho tatay niya sa malakanyang…Kung ano man sabihin ni duterte na papalibing niya si marcos sr.. ay sabi lang yun at di matutuloy…Masya si VP Leni at makikita mo si bonggoloid sa malakanyang kanina,,parang nabaliw at tawa ng tawa at palakpak ng palakpak at dakdak ng dakdak,,,sign na my internal loose nuts na sa isipan. ha,ha,ha di ba tutuo> pansinin mo.

      • I salute the President for not inviting the fraud VP LeningLugaw. Thats great, we salute you for that because you showed to the whole world that you are not in favor of any fraud . You just being honest and anything that is illegal are not part of your government. Leni Robredo, ihanda mo na sarili mo dahil isang araw kaw na ang susunod na lilitisin at ipakita mo kung paano mo nakuha ang 14 million votes na hindi naman sa yo…Asan na ang mga gumawa ng boto mo? nag sitakas na sa Venezuela . Tapos na kasi ang trabaho nila.